Indraprastha Apollo Hospital provided a new lease of life to a 2 year 11 month old toddler from Dhaka, Bangladesh who developed acute liver failure.
Aman Jawad Uddin developed jaundice at end of August 2017 which progressively got worse. Due to worsening jaundice, vomiting and irritability, he was admitted in a hospital at Dhaka on September. A diagnosis of acute liver failure due to Hepatitis A was made. His condition deteriorated to such an extent that he developed coagulopathy and went into a coma. The family was told that the child needed an urgent liver transplant.
The family contacted Apollo Hospitals and an aircraft was immediately arranged. On assessment, a decision for an emergency liver transplant was made. Treatment was initiated to protect his brain from cerebral oedema.
His mother Tanjim Raha’s liver was found to be appropriate for donation. On September 20, the child underwent a living donor liver transplant which was proved to be successful.
Dr Anupam Sibal, Group medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group and Senior Paediatric Gastro-enterologist and Hepatologist, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals spoke about the case, “It was a very critical case because the child was already in stage 3 hepatic encephalopathy. This meant that his liver was not removing the toxins from his body which were damaging his brain function. With his condition deteriorating fast, an emergency liver transplantation was the only treatment to save the life of the boy. We were very happy that Aman made a remarkable recovery and he was discharged in 3 weeks.”
The first successful liver transplant in India was performed at Apollo Hospitals Delhi in 1998. Since then more than 2,900 liver transplants have been performed at Apollo of which 235 have been in children. Sanjay the first child in India to have been successfully transplanted in India at the age of 18 months in 1998 is now a medical student leading a normal life.