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Baby gets new liver

Andhra Pradesh health minister Kamineni Srinivas visited the family of an eight-month-old child who underwent a liver transplant in a city-based private hospital.

Gnana Sai from Chittoor district suffered from a serious liver ailment and was admitted to Global Health city. Her medical expenses were borne by the Andhra Pradesh government after her father filed a mercy-killing petition in the court as he was unable to afford the treatment costs.

Gnana’s father Ramanappa came forward to donate a part of his liver. “It has been ten days since the surgery now. Both the baby and the father are doing fine,” said Dr Mohamed Rela, director, Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation, Global Hospitals. They would be discharged in a few days.

A 12-member team took seven hours to complete the procedure. “Though there is surgery to decrease the jaundice, 90% of them would require liver transplantation before they are 18 years old,” said Dr Naresh Shanmugam, pediatric hepatologist at Global Hospitals.

Credits: TOI

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