Eight-month-old Akshu became one of the youngest recipients of a liver transplant in the country after doctors conducted a nine-hour surgery to save her life.
The daughter of Rifleman Anil Kumar, Akshu suffered from a liver failure and her parents had given up hope of her surviving the illness. However doctors at the army's R.R. Hospital in Delhi Cantt performed a marathon nine-hour surgery with a piece of her father's liver before confirming that the baby was recuperating well.
Her father was delighted with the news and said that he was in debt to the doctors. "We had given up on hope. But I don't know how to pay gratitude to the doctors. Only a father can understand that", he added.
The director general of Armed Forces Medical Services, Lt Gen Naresh Kumar revealed that the hospital has so far conducted 46 liver transplants including seven on children with great success.