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Nation’s Second Live-Donor Liver Transplant Recipient Returns Home

February 17, 1990

CHICAGO (AP) _ An 18-month-old girl who was the nation’s second live-donor liver transplant recipient is back home in Tennessee.

Sarina Jones’ departure was delayed twice by snowstorms, but on Friday she finally flew from Chicago to Memphis.

She had received a portion of her father’s liver Dec. 9 to correct a potentially fatal disorder.

Doctors at the University of Chicago Hospitals said when she was released about a week ago that her recovery was coming along fine and that she could expect to grow normally.

After her discharge, she was staying at a Ronald McDonald House during a transition period before returning to her Millington, Tenn., home.

A couple of weeks before Sarina’s surgery, doctors at the University of Chicago Hospitals performed the nation’s first live-donor liver transplant, this one on 21-month-old Alyssa Smith of Texas. She, too, has returned home.

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