First Pediatric Triple Organ Transplant Saves Young Girl's Life
March 12, 2012
6-Year-Old Girl Saved By Breakthrough Triple Organ Transplant
By Christine Hsu
A 6-year-old girl from Jacksonville, Florida is on her way to full recovery after receiving the first triple organ transplant operation performed on a child.
Doctors at Holtz Children’s Hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine had performed a “combined” transplant of a liver, kidney and pancreas on Angela Bushi, who was born healthy but had developed insulin diabetes when she was just a year old which had eventually progressed to a rare autosomal recessive disease called Wilcott-Rallison Syndrome (WRS), according to the National Institutes of Health.
There are fewer 60 known WRS cases in medical literature worldwide, and the deadly disease is characterized by many health problems like diabetes, liver and kidney failure, bone and growth problems, repeated infections and intellectual impairment.
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