- A 7-month-old girl named Purvi underwent a successful lung transplant at ILBS, New Delhi.
- Her mother volunteered to provide a part of her liver for the transplantation.
THD Newsdesk, New Delhi: At the renowned Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), a 7-month old child suffering liver failure was operated on, for a liver transplant successfully. The little girl named Purvi, who was also diagnosed with Covid-19 lately, is presently stable and doing well.
“Covid-19 is not the endgame. Purvi’s case is an example. She overcame two serious complications with timely treatment and is now doing very well,” said Dr V Pamecha, professor and chief of liver transplantation and hepato-pancreato biliary surgery speciality at ILBS who was dealing with the little child’s case.
Purvi endured a liver malfunction after birth due to an extraordinary disorder, and liver transplant operation was the single treatment option. Her mother volunteered to provide a part of her liver for the transplantation.
However, just before the surgery, both were found to be Covid-positive, Dr Pamecha said. Treatment commenced, but Purvi’s liver situation worsened due to Covid-19, and she had a buildup of fluids in the abdomen.
“She became frail. We had to treat the infection carefully and also provide nutritional support to make her fit enough for the transplant, a 10-hour surgery without which she could not have survived for long,” Dr Pamecha said. Purvi, who was merely five kg during admission, was seven kilograms before the operation, the surgeon claimed.
The surgery, which only progressed after both were proven Covid-negative, “involved transplanting a portion of the mother’s liver into the child to give her a new lease of life”, Dr Pamecha added.
ILBS, which is administered by the Delhi government, carries out about 100 transplants yearly. This year, the hospital has performed about 55 transplantations, of which 39 have been performed post-lockdown.