US Doctors To Perform Jamaica’s First-Ever Liver Transplant
Doctors from the United States will travel to Jamaica to perform the country’s first-ever liver transplant in July.
According to Delaware Online, Dr. Stephen Dunn – a surgeon from the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in the US state of Delaware is scheduled to transplant two livers in Kingston, Jamaica.
The transplants will be performed on two babies – a 9-month-old boy and the other in a 13-month-old boy.
The babies are said to be suffering from biliary atresia.
Biliary atresia is a childhood disease of the liver in which one or more bile ducts are abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent. It can be congenital or acquired. The prognosis for babies who do not receive surgery is grim as most who have the condition won’t live past 18 months due to malnutrition and infections.
Family members will provide donations for the babies.
The US doctors are expected to stay on the island for a week following the surgery, in case of complications and will provide remote diagnosis and treatment using telecommunications technology.
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