Doctors Transplant Liver Into 3(-Week-Old Boy
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A 3 1/2 -week-old boy has become one of the nation’s youngest liver transplant patients after receiving a new organ at Children’s Hospital here, officials said.
Michael Boggs, son of Mark and Joann Boggs of Osage, Wyo., left surgery early Sunday after a nine-hour operation, said hospital spokeswoman Judith Ketterer. He was listed in critical but stable condition, which is normal for transplant patients, she said.
The youngest liver transplant patient is believed to be Morgan Smith-Dennis of Olathe, Kan., who was 14 days old when he underwent surgery June 18 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was still in critical but stable condition Saturday, hospital spokeswoman LaDonna Hoffman said.
Michael was born with liver failure July 15, hospital spokeswoman Lynn McMahon said Saturday. Doctors have not been able to pinpoint the cause of the failure, she said.
Before surgery, Michael had been in stable condition after being transferred to the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital on Thursday from a hospital in Denver, Ms. McMahon said.
The donor organ was provided through the Pittsburgh Transplant Foundation, Ms. McMahon said. The identity of the donor will not be released, she said.
Ms. McMahon would not comment on the infant’s chances for survival, but said the 72 hours following surgery are the most critical. The hospital’s transplant survival rate for children up to age 18 is 80 percent, she said.
Morgan, son of Mary Smith-Dennis and Moses Dennis, was found to suffer from hereditary tyrosinemia, an enzyme deficiency which led to liver failure. Surgery was performed by Dr. Byers Shaw, who went to Omaha from Pittsburgh.
When Morgan underwent surgery, the University of Nebraska Medical Center called the eight most active U.S. transplant centers and none reported ever having a younger patient, Ms. Hoffman said.
The youngest previous transplant patient at Children’s was 4-month-old Andrea Lynn Shimer of Hainesport, N.J., who received a new liver Dec. 28 and has since been released, Ms. McMahon said.