Girl undergoes successful six-organ transplant

25th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2006, MADRID — An 18-month old girl has been recovering after undergoing a multiple transplant operation involving the replacement of six digestive organs.

25 May 2006

MADRID — An 18-month old girl has been recovering after undergoing a multiple transplant operation involving the replacement of six digestive organs.

Rafael Perez-Santamaria, executive director of Madrid's Hospital La Paz, said only two other hospitals in Europe - one in Birmingham, UK, and the other in Paris - were equipped to perform this type of transplants.

The six organs that were transplanted - stomach, duodenum, intestines, pancreas, liver and spleen - came from a donor who was less than six months old when he died.

The mother of Cristina, the transplant recipient, thanked the parents of the donor.

She urged others to follow their example, because once the person has died "there nothing more that can be done and it's very distressing to see one's child deteriorating and the organ that needs to arrive doesn't get there".

This is the fourth time that an operation of this type has been performed on a child in Spain, all of them at the same hospital.

The previous patients all died, although this is the first time that the patient has been released from hospital and there has been real expectation of a full recovery.

According to the surgeon responsible for the intestinal transplant, Manuel Lopez Santamaria, the entire process lasted 24 hours and the surgical procedure took approximately 11 hours.

La Paz hospital is Spain's leading children's liver transplant facility, conducting some 50 percent of all such operations in the country and boasting a survival rate of 96 percent.

The transplant team at this public hospital performed its first child liver transplant in 1986 and, since then, has carried out a total of 406.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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