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Doctors Transplant Liver Into 3(-Week-Old Boy

August 10, 1986

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A 3 1/2 -week-old boy who is among the youngest liver transplant patients ever completed surgery early Sunday at Children’s Hospital to receive a new organ.

Michael Boggs, the son of Mark and Joann Boggs of Osage, Wyo., entered surgery at at 4 p.m. Saturday and left the operating room at about 1:10 a.m. Sunday, said hospital spokeswoman Judith Ketterer. He was listed in critical condition, which is normal for transplant patients, she said.

″As far as we are able to tell at this point, he is the youngest liver transplant patient ever. He’s the youngest we’ve done at Children’s,″ hospital spokeswoman Lynn McMahon.

However, Morgan Smith-Dennis of Olathe, Kan., was 14 days old when he received a new organ June 18 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Morgan remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit, hospital spokeswoman LaDonna Hoffman said Saturday.

Last year, 10-week-old Christine Holy of Fort Wayne, Ind. received a liver transplant Nov. 3 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, but died from a blood clot Nov. 11.

Michael was born with liver failure July 15, Ms. McMahon said. Doctors have not been able to pinpoint the cause of the failure, she said.

He has been in stable condition since being transferred to the intensive care unit Children’s Hospital on Thursday from a Denver hospital, Ms. McMahon said.

The donor organ was provided through the Pittsburgh Transplant Foundation, she said, adding that the surgery can take from eight to 23 hours.

Ms. McMahon would not comment on the infant’s chances for survival, but said the 72 hours after the surgery are the most critical. The hospital’s transplant survival rate for children up to age 18 is 80 percent. she said.

The youngest transplant patient at Children’s previously was 4-month-old Andread Lynn Shimer of Hainesport, N.J., who received a new liver Dec. 28 and has been released, Ms. McMahon said.

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