NEW DELHI: A 7-month-old child suffering from liver failure underwent a successful liver transplant at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS). Purvi, who was also diagnosed with Covid-19 recently, is doing well, said doctors.
“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 head of liver transplant and hepato-pancreato biliary surgery department at ILBS who operated on the child.
Purvi had liver failure since birth due to a rare disorder and liver transplant was the only treatment option. Her mother decided to donate a part of her liver for the transplant.
However, just before the surgery, both were confirmed Covid-positive, Dr Pamecha said. Treatment started, but Purvi’s liver condition deteriorated further due to Covid-19 and she had accumulation of fluids in the stomach.
“She became very weak. We had to carefully treat the infection 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 weighed five kg during admission, was seven kilogram before the transplant, the surgeon said.
The surgery, conducted after both were confirmed 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 run by Delhi government, conducts about 100 transplants annually. This year, the hospital has conducted about 55 transplants, of which 39 have been done post-lockdown.

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