A successful method of transplants in the U.S. starts to spread in children younger than 8 years old. In this procedure are transplanted parts of a healthy liver from a donor child to another who needs it, without removing the patient’s diseased liver. The transplanted liver performs normal liver functions, while the diseased liver begins to regenerate a normal liver. After 1 year, when the liver is grown self, the immune system eliminates the transplanted liver part discarding forever anti-rejection medication, which in some cases induced cancer or severe infections. According to Dr. Tomoaki Kato who has made 6 successful transplant of this kind in Miami, the main beneficiaries are children who have suffered a sudden acute liver failure, for unknown reasons. It does not work in chronic diseases where scarring prevents liver regeneration.
TRASPLANTES HEPATICOS EN NIÑOS