5yo girl initially suspected of hepatitis of unknown origin underwent liver transplant, medical tests are improving


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The 5-year-old girl diagnosed with Wilson’s disease and liver failure, which was initially thought to be the first case of hepatitis of unknown origin in Romania, was successfully transplanted. The 5-year-old girl received a liver transplant performed at the Fundeni Institute in Bucharest, by a team coordinated by the director of the liver transplant center, Prof. Dr. Irinel Popescu.

The pediatric liver transplantation was performed on the evening of April 30.

After the transplant, the girl’s condition is stable, but she remains under supervision in the Intensive Care Unit3 of the Fundeni Clinical Institute. She is “improving”, according to a  press release of the medical unit. According to the quoted source, the patient is sedated, “still intubated and mechanically ventilated, but in the process of trying to detach” from the breathing apparatus.

The representatives of Fundeni Institute state that the patient’s liver is functional and the tests are improving.

The surgical team that performed the live transplant and the post-op care team consisted of specialists from the Fundeni Clinical Institute and the “Grigore Alexandrescu” Children’s Hospital.

Grigore Alexandrescu Children’s Hospital is in an advanced process of accreditation for the construction of a Pediatric Liver Transplant Department, according to the Ministry of Health. The hospital must meet some criteria regarding the transplant activity in the fields of human resources, material base and operational ones.

Collaboration with specialists from the Fundeni Clinical Institute is essential for the successful completion of this process, according to the Ministry of Health. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Laura Bălănescu has been appointed coordinator of the new Pediatric Liver Transplant Center.

The Ministry of Health promises to provide all the necessary support for the accreditation and operation of this Center as soon as possible, so that during the summer it can perform the first liver transplants in children in Romania.

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