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Dual liver transplant performed

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By David Liu

A liver transplant was successfully performed in a 17-year old teen and a 2-year old toddler at Children Memorial Hospital in Chicago, new media cited officials as saying.

The liver donated by a deceased man was large enough to be shared by both Christian Liberto, 17, and toddler Frank Sroka both of whom were born with fatal liver diseases. It took 8 hours for doctors to finish the surgery.

Literto and Sroka recovered very well after they received their organ transplant last Friday, Dr. Estella Alonso of the hospital’s liver transplant program was cited as saying at a news conference on Wednesday.

Liver transplant is performed in 5,000 to 10,000 patients each year in the United States.   The procedure is not available to all patients who have a liver disease. They need to be qualified to undergo the procedure.

Recipients of organs need to take anti-immunity drugs for their lifetime, which may potentially cause other health problems like elevated risk of cancer. 

In 2009, a person receiving heart transplant died reportedly of cancer 18 years or so after a heart transplant. Anti-immunity drugs suppress the immune response potentially boosting the cancer risk.

For more information on liver transplant, read

http://www.liverfoundation.org/education/info/transplant/

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