Six-Organ Transplant Announced in Britain
LONDON (AP) _ A 32-year-old man who received six transplanted organs was released from the hospital Friday, but doctors say he still has a long way to go in his recovery.
Stephen Hyett received a liver, kidney, stomach, duodenum, small intestine and pancreas in March at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The operation had not been announced previously. The hospital declined to give the exact date of the surgery, which took 14 hours.
″Where I had an awful lot of pain before the operation I haven’t got that now,″ Hyett told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. ″Although I get a bit tired at the moment they said that would go with time. Otherwise I am fine.″
Surgeon Peter Friend said Hyett’s doctors were thinking ″in terms of 50-50 chances″ for his survival.
Hyett has a condition called Gardner’s Syndrome, which can cause deadly tumors in the bowel and duodenum. Professor Sir Roy Calne, who headed the surgical team, described the disease as a recurring fibroma.
Hyett, who lives in Haverhill, 56 miles northwest of London, has to return to the hospital daily, follow a strict diet and take medication to guard against rejection of the new organs, said hospital spokeswoman Jane Meggitt.
″We’re delighted with Stephen’s progress and although there is still a long way to go, the signs are very encouraging,″ said Calne.
″It was a difficult operation. ... We had not appreciated that he would need a new kidney, as well as a digestive tract. But the organs were all from a single donor, so we were able to adjust,″ Friend said.
The operation was thought to be the most organs ever transplanted in Britain. A five-year-old British girl, Laura Davies, received seven organs in September in Pittsburgh but died two months later.