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Youngest to get liver transplant passes away

Rohit Pillai,the country’s youngest patient (31-month-old) to get a liver transplant at Narayana Hrudayalay in Bangalore on October 25,2005,died of cancer at KEM hospital on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
June 8, 2009 2:05:34 am

Rohit Pillai,the country’s youngest patient (31-month-old) to get a liver transplant at Narayana Hrudayalay in Bangalore on October 25,2005,died of cancer at KEM hospital on Sunday.

He was five years old and a lower KG student of St Joseph’s Boys School,Khadki.

He was the only son of Vijaykumar and Prashanti Pillai,residents of Khadki bazaar.

In 2005,Rohit had a successful liver transplant which the Bangalore hospital performed for Rs 5.15 lakh,after hospitals in Pune and Mumbai asked for Rs 10-15 lakh.

The Pillais had trouble even in arranging the fee for the Bangalore hospital so that their child could cope with “biliary atresia,” a condition where the child is born with the liver but no bile duct. They sold the family’s gold and received around Rs 2 lakh in donations that came after Newsline highlighted the family’s plight.

A month-and-a-half back,Rohit was detected with Burkitts Lymphoma (a type of cancer). He was admitted to KEM hospital,said his uncle Praveen Pillai. “He played a lot and attended school regularly. He actually had cent per cent attendance. He scored A grade.” “Suddenly he complained of stomache pain. Sonography detected cancer. Later,both his kidneys failed,” said Pillai. “Our family,especially Rohit’s parents,struggled a lot to save him. His mother had donated part of her liver to Rohit,” said Praveen.

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