Local News Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s first pediatric liver transplant was successfully performed at the Colombo North Teaching Hospital at Ragama, hospital sources said.
The surgery was successfully performed by a team of specialist surgeons islandwide led by specialist surgeon Professor Rohan Siriwardena on July 14.
The liver transplant unit of the Colombo North Teaching Hospital performed this surgery on a 9-year-old girl who was suffering from chronic liver cirrhosis, using a part of the liver of a living donor, her 38-year-old mother.
After a complex operation that lasted more than 12 hours, the medical team was able to save the child’s life.
The girl child named Kishnu, who was born in a remote village in Jaffna, thanked everyone after her recovery for giving her a new life.
If this operation was performed in a foreign country it would have cost more than 10 million rupees, hospital sources said.
Speaking to media, Deputy Director of the Colombo North Teaching Hospital Dr. Sarath Premasiri said the hospital has performed about 50 human liver transplants but Kishnu’s surgery was the first pediatric surgery. – Colombopage