Liver Saves Two Children
A one-year-old girl and a sixteen-year-old boy were both the recipients of a liver transplanted from the same donor. The complex surgery, splitting the organ in two, was successfully carried out at Rome’s Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital.
Both patients were in critical condition and in need of a transplant and confronted with the decision of choosing one of the two once the liver became available, the doctors decided to perform the surgery on both.
The division of a liver for transplant use for two different patients is a consolidated technique in Italy, where the practice has been widely employed.
Seventeen liver transplants have been carried out at the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital since the beginning of the year, ten of which from a living donor, the highest number ever recorded in Italy.