Mumbai: A 17-month-old baby girl from Raipur has become the youngest child to undergo a liver transplant at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), Mumbai. Within four weeks of birth, Ashvi’s parents started identifying symptoms in her which included frequent fever, swollen abdomen and jaundice. She was later diagnosed with a complicated liver problem called biliary atresia at her 2 months of age.
Biliary atresia is a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants, when the bile flow from the liver to the gallbladder is blocked. This causes the bile to be trapped inside the liver.
The doctors suggested her family for an urgent liver transplant. Dr Saista Amin, transplant hepatologist at KDAH said that she had other health problems for which it was a big task to perform transplantation.
“Her father was a perfect match for liver transplant and donated part of his liver to save his baby,” added Dr Saista.