05 October 2010
New Delhi, India
Eight–month–old Akshu weighed only 5 kg. She was suffering from liver failure caused by congenital absence of bile ducts and needed a liver transplant to survive. The only hurdle was her young age and small size.
On September 23, Army Hospital (R&R) at the Delhi Cantt successfully operated on Akshu, transplanting a portion of her father’s liver in her to give the little girl a lease of life. Akshu has now become the youngest and smallest child to have undergone such a surgery.
The operation was conducted by Brigadier Anupam Shah and his team of doctors.
Akshu, daughter of Anil Kumar who is a jawan in the Army, was admitted to the hospital for jaundice and intestinal bleeding.
According to the Army Hospital officials, the complicated operation lasted for about 9 hours. They added that the child is recovering and could be discharged from the hospital in a week.
So far, the hospital that specialises in liver transplantation of the deceased, has successfully performed 46 liver transplants, including seven pediatric liver transplants.
Lt–Gen Naresh Kumar, Officiating Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services, said that the Liver Transplant Center at Army Hospital is the pioneer in such operations.