Doctors sucessfully performed the first organ transplant on a newborn baby in Britain

Jan 21, 2015 16:18 IST

Doctors sucessfully performed the first organ transplant on a newborn baby in Britain. The donor was a six days old girl who was delivered by an emergency caesarean at Hammersmith Hospital in west London.

News of the operation has been revealed in an article in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood in the third week of January 2015. This case has set a milestone in the care of newborns in the Britain.

The kidneys and liver cells of newborn were given to two separate recipients after her heart stopped beating.

When it became clear she was not going to survive her parents gave consent for her kidneys and liver cells to be used for the benefit of two other patients.

The authors, neonatal specialists Gaurav Atreja and Sunit Godambe, said they hoped more transplants using the organs of newly-born children would follow.

What is a kidney transplant?

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from another person. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. Individuals who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with the remaining kidney.

A person receiving a transplant usually receives only one kidney, but, in rare situations, he or she may receive two kidneys from a deceased donor. In most cases, the diseased kidneys are left in place during the transplant procedure. The transplanted kidney is implanted in the lower abdomen on the front side of the body.

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