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Hospital sets records for youngest liver recipients

By Lin Hui-chin / Staff reporterTaipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) yesterday announced that it last month performed two liver transplants that set national records for the youngest patients — a 25-day-old boy in Taiwan and an 11-month-old girl in Vietnam — to receive such surgery. As Chang displayed symptoms of fulminant hepatic failure, making a liver transplant urgent, the hospital transferred him to the Taipei hospital for further treatment, Veterans Division of Pediatric Surgery head Liu Chin-su (劉君恕) said. A baby born with the disorder might display symptoms of liver failure, including low blood sugar levels, impaired blood coagulation, jaundice, abnormal accumulation of fluids, low urine output, or even multiple organ failure, necessitating immediate liver surgery, he said. On April 15, the mother — who was still under postpartum care at the time — donated part of her left liver to the boy, Liu said. After a nearly nine-hour surgery, the boy is recovering and would be allowed to leave the hospital in a few days, he said.

Source: Taipei Times May 22, 2019 15:56 UTC