A 17-month-old baby girl from Raipur, Chhattisgarh has become the youngest child in western India to undergo a liver transplant - from her donor dad - at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, an official revealed. Within a month of her birth, the child - identified only as Ashvi - was diagnosed with symptoms of frequent fevers, swollen abdomen and jaundice, which was a complicated liver problem called Biliary Atresia. This rare disease of the liver and bile ducts occurs in infants when the bile flow from the liver to the gallbladder is blocked, trapping it in the liver and causing quick damage and scarring of liver cells or cirrhosis. ‘Of the total number of liver transplants carried out at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, nearly 10 percent are paediatric cases, including the youngest, a 30-month-old child in 2016.’ After medication and surgery in Raipur, doctors there suggested an urgent liver transplant for which the family came to Mumbai and met KDAH's Transplant Hepatologist Saista Amin. "She was brought suffering from jaundice and swollen abdomen as all bile had accumulated in the liver, thereby endangering it. It took us three months to plan her transplant, identify a liver donor, make nutritionally fit and infection-free," Amin said. Fortunately, Ashvi's father proved to be a perfect match and he donated a part of his liver to save his daughter in January, making her the youngest child to have undergone a successful liver transplant in western India, said Vinay Kumaran, head of the KDAH liver transplant surgery team. He admitted that performing a liver transplant on a 17-month-old child with a weight of just seven kg was a big challenge and she later underwent a neuro-rehab programme for a speedy recovery. Multiple speciality teams were involved in the surgery, like Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Cardiology, Transplant Intensivist and Neonatology experts, Kumaran said. Of the total number of liver transplants carried out at KDAH, nearly 10 percent are paediatric cases, including the youngest, a 30-month-old child in 2016.Source: IANS << Smart Bandages Using 5G to Track Your Health Cigarettes More Pleasurable With Alcohol Than With Pot For ... >> Recommended Reading Opioid Pain Medications May Affect Survival of Liver Transplant Patients Using high level of opioid pain medications may affect survival of liver transplant patients, reveals study. READ MORE Pakistan and UAE Kids Undergo Successful Liver Transplant Crigler Najjar Syndrome deficiency results in toxic form of bilirubin to rise in the blood to a very high level, which can cross into the brain and produce complications. READ MORE Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients Need Special Care A new review discusses important consideration when caring for children who have received liver transplants. READ MORE Delay in Liver Transplant for End-Stage Liver Disease Increases Mortality Risk Wait-list mortality among young children under 2 years of age was 12.4 percent and post-transplant mortality was 8 percent. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a condition where newborn babies experience withdrawal symptoms due to use of addictive illicit or prescription drugs such as narcotics. READ MORE Pregnancy and Antenatal Care What is Antenatal care and its importance during pregnancy for mother and baby, with details on the medical test preformed during the first visit to the doctor. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Post-Nasal Drip Color Blindness Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) More News on: Hepatitis APregnancy and Antenatal CareLiverWilson's DiseaseNeonatal Abstinence SyndromeMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?