Mom gives slice of liver to baby

2013-06-30 10:25

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Johannesburg - A 9-month-old baby has become the youngest South African to receive a living donor transplant following successful surgery at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg.

Connor Mollison's new liver was grafted from his mother, 37-year-old Annabel Mollison, during a ground-breaking procedure by Dr Jean Botha, who spent more than a decade training and working in the United States before returning to the country last year, reported the Sunday Times newspaper.

Since the living donor programme launched in March, three such procedures have been performed. Connor is the latest recipient.

Botha hopes the surgeries will motivate others to consider the living donor procedure as it would take significant pressure off the donor list.

The procedure was pioneered in the US in the late 1980s and is now widely used as an alternative to orthodox liver transplants.  

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