THE liver surgery department of Shenzhen No. 3 People’s Hospital has successfully completed a split liver transplantation recently, giving both parts of the liver to two recipients with liver cancer. The transplant was the first of its kind in Shenzhen, according to Shenzhen Evening News.
One of the recipients, identified as Xiao Lin, is only 7 years old. In July this year, Xiao Lin came to Shenzhen for a table tennis match, during which she was diagnosed with end-stage liver cancer and was in desperate need of a liver transplant in order to survive.
Xiao Lin had suffered from hepatitis B since birth due to a vertically transmitted infection. On July 25, Xiao Lin was transferred to the liver surgery department of Shenzhen No. 3 People’s Hospital in preparation for a living-donor transplant to receive part of her father’s liver.
Fortunately, a young male patient donated his healthy liver during Xiao Lin’s stay in the hospital. Jiang Nan, director of the liver surgery department, and Xiao Lin’s parents agreed to a split liver transplant, in which a liver was split into two parts and one part, approximately one-third of the liver, was used to save Xiao Lin.
According to Jiang, the remaining two-thirds of the donor liver was transplanted into a 69-year-old elderly woman surnamed Liu.
Both Xiao Lin and Liu are now recovering well. It is expected that their livers will regenerate to the sizes needed for daily use within a month or so.
Split liver transplantation is a technique that expands the available pool of donor organs by using one liver for two people, enabling more patients waiting for a liver transplant to receive a life-saving donation, said Jiang.
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