Arrival of the liver at the heliport

The eight-year-old boy hospitalized in Rosario who had suffered acute hepatitis of unknown origin. The doctors who transplanted the liver that had arrived from La Pampa warned that the next 24 hours will be key to determining his evolution.

The intervention was performed by specialists from the Urgent Liver and Liver Transplant Unit of the Rosario Children’s Sanatoriumsince the little one had been hospitalized for several days without any improvement, and in fact in the last few hours his condition had worsened.

Being admitted in a national emergency, the Unique Center for Organ Donation, Ablation and Implantation (Cudaio) expedited the operation and obtained a donor. The liver arrived minutes before 11 in the morning at the heliport of the Grupo Oroño building after a flight of less than an hour from La Pampa.

After the intervention, the medical team made up of AAlejandro Costaguta, Lisandro Biteti and David Biagiola released the medical part of the child: “The left lobe (of the organ) was implanted,” Contaguta said, adding that the donor’s liver had to be reduced.

Arrival of the liver at the heliport (Rosario Version/)

“This is one of the most complex surgeries, riddled with complications in a patient who is in critical condition. There is no doubt that the scenario is complex”, he warned and went on to say that now the team is focused on monitoring the evolution of the little one.

“If he manages to get through the surgery, the chances are very good that he can lead a normal life”, he highlighted. For that, the next 24 hours will be key, in which it is expected that no difficulties will appear. “The problem at first is not acceptance, but that there are no complications from the surgery,” he said. It should be remembered that before the operation, the boy was on mechanical respiratory assistance.

What is acute hepatitis?

Your case of acute hepatitis of unknown origin was the first among the eight reported by Argentina since the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global epidemiological alert for the pediatric population. Already 300 have appeared in 20 countries around the world.

The Minister of Health of the Nation, Carla Vizzotti, he assured; “We must find a balance between situations that are common in epidemiology and others that correspond to a new virus that would be an adenovirus, with unknown etiology,” he said.

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