Grandmother donates part of liver to save 9-month-old boy

New lease of life: Deepa Kundu, mother of Piyush, at Fortis Hospital in Mulund on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Vibhav Birwatkar

A nine-month-old boy who was transplanted with part of his 42-year-old grandmother’s liver was discharged from Fortis Hospital in Mulund on Friday.

The baby, Piyush, whose family is from Raipur, was taken to many hospitals after being diagnosed with biliary atresia, a liver disease in which the bile ducts are scarred or blocked. When doctors said liver transplant was the only solution, the Kundu family came down to Mumbai.

The cost of liver transplant procedure went up to nearly ₹15 lakh, which was raised entirely through crowdfunding and donations. “Soon after birth, he was diagnosed with jaundice. During the treatment, we carried out several medical tests which eventually revealed that the baby had biliary atresia,” said Deepa Kundu, the baby’s mother, who is a homemaker. She said they travelled to Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka for treatment. “We were eventually told that liver transplant was the only option,” she said.

The Kundus then consulted liver transplant surgeon Dr. Swapnil Sharma, who is with Fortis Hospital and travels to see patients in Raipur. “He suggested we get the transplant done in Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital and they would help us raise the money,” Ms. Kundu who came to Mumbai with her mother and sister said.

During the evaluation, the doctors found that not only the patient’s jaundice was very severe but he also had a chest infection. “He was admitted to paediatric intensive care unit,” Dr. Sharma said. The child’s grandmother Lakshmi Sarkar turned out to be a match and she readily agreed to donate part of her liver to save her grandchild.

The transplant was carried out on September 10. “The child weighed only 5.5 kg. In case of a patient who weighs less than 10 kg, the surgery is complicated and the recovery is slow,” said transplant surgeon Dr. Gaurav Gupta, adding only about 20-30% of the grandmother’s liver was transplanted to the baby.

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