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Toddler Being Weaned From Respirator

November 30, 1988

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A 3-year-old New Mexico girl who underwent a rare, five-organ transplant was awake and being weaned off a respirator Wednesday, hospital officials said.

Rolandrea Dodge of Fruitland, N.M., remained in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Critical condition is considered normal following transplant surgery.

Her parents, Branden and Cyndi Dodge, were at her bedside as much as possible. The couple also have two sons.

″She’s a very bright little girl. I’m sure if she could she’d be asking what’s going on,″ said hospital spokeswoman Sue Cardillo.

Rolandrea, who’s known as Rolly, received a new liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine and part of a large intestine during 16 1/2 hours of surgery that ended Tuesday. She was placed on the waiting list for a suitable donor last week after an experimental drug failed to improve her condition.

Rolly was born with an incurable disease that prevented her intestines from absorbing food and liquids. Her high-protein intravenous feedings caused her liver to fail.

The only other five-organ transplant recipient, Tabatha Foster, 3 1/2 , of Madisonville, Ky., died in May, six months after her landmark operation at Children’s Hospital.

Doctors say Rolly should do as well as a liver recipient if all goes well. About 80 percent of the hospital’s liver transplant children survive the first year.

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