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First Living-Donor Transplant Recipient Leaves Hospital

January 9, 1990

CHICAGO (AP) _ Alyssa Smith, the nation’s first recipient of a living-donor liver transplant, has been released from the University of Chicago Medical Center, where the historic surgery was performed.

The 22-month-old infant, who recently suffered from the flu, will stay nearby at the Ronald McDonald House for a week before going home to Schertz, Texas, near San Antonio, hospital spokesman John Easton said Monday night.

At Ronald McDonald House, Alyssa will join her mother, Teresa Smith, who donated part of her liver to her daughter for the Nov. 27 operation, he said.

″Alyssa continues to progress well,″ Easton said. ″But we won’t think it is a big deal until she returns home to Texas.″

The nation’s second living-donor transplant recipient, 16-month-old Sarina Jones of Millington, Tenn., was listed in serious condition at the hospital, Easton said.

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