In a first-of-its-kind procedure in Japan,doctors transplanted liver cells into an 11-day-old infant,giving him a new lease of life after his liver failed to function properly.
The doctors used surplus liver cells left frozen since May 2011 in order to treat the globally rare case. The National Center for Child Health and Development here said it has successfully transplanted liver cells into the baby,Kyodo news agency reported. We have safely conducted an operation, said Akira Matsui,NCCHD hospital chief.
The boy underwent the transplant on August 10 and August 13. The infant received liver cells that matched his blood type,the center said.
The boys liver is now functioning properly because of the transplant,it said.
According to the doctors,the baby may get discharged in a month and a half from the hospital.