Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 10 Issue NO.: 34 (Nov 2011 - Feb 2012)

Nine-year-old girl has multiple organ transplant


A nine-year-old girl, Alannah Shevenell, from Maine, USA, had a groundbreaking multiple organ transplant at Children's Hospital Boston, on 28th  October 2011. In a 14-hour surgery, transplant surgeons replaced five of her abdominal organs (liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, small intestine) and her oesophagus to save her from a rare and aggressive cancer (myofibroblastic tumour). The operation was led by Dr. Heung Bae Kim, director of the hospital's Pediatric Transplant Center, who said, “It's probably one of the most extensive tumour removals ever done.” He added that the most difficult part of the surgery was the removal of Alannah's organs and tumour, which had involved significant blood loss. The new organs came from one donor and were removed as an intact unit and transplanted.


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- Shroff S, Navin S. Nine-year-old girl has multiple organ transplant. Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 10 Issue NO.: 34 (Nov 2011 - Feb 2012)

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