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Pioneer transplant operation

Published on 29/11/2004

29 November 2004

BRUSSELS – The CHU hospital in Liege is celebrating the first ever intestine and pancreas transplant.

The operation was carried out in October but news of the procedure was only released on Monday, the Belga news agency reported.

The patient is a 38 year old woman who was suffering from intestinal thrombosis after falling into a diabetic coma.

Her whole intestine and a part of her colon had to be replaced and the patient was only able to eat intravenously.

The operation was carried out on 22 October but news of the success only emerged on Monday.

The patient has so far suffered no complications since the procedure.

The patient has been able to eat normally since the end of the first week after the transplant operation.

Doctors report she has also been cured of her diabetes.

She is expected to remain in hospital for six to eight weeks.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news