Date
17 November 2017
Bodybuilder Wong with his mother (center) and the daughter of the donor (right) after the liver transplant operation. Photo: HKEJ
Bodybuilder Wong with his mother (center) and the daughter of the donor (right) after the liver transplant operation. Photo: HKEJ

Bodybuilder saved by re-transplanted liver

Surgeons at Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital have successfully completed an operation that involved re-transplantation of a liver into a bodybuilder, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Although two-time transplantation of liver is not new, such an operation this time was believed to be the first in the world as the re-transplanted liver had been used for many years rather than just several days as in previous cases, the report said, citing Lo Chung-mau, chief of the hospital’s department of surgery.

The operation was completed earlier this month.

The donor was a 78-year-old man who died of stroke on October 1. The person, who bears the surname So, had donated his liver along with two kidneys and cornea.

So received liver donation in 2003 when he was 49 and suffered from liver cirrhosis. He took the liver from a 67-year-old man who died of brain death. Since then his liver had functioned well even though it contained inactive Hepatitis B virus that was under medication control, according to a doctor at the University of Hong Kong.

The recipient, a person surnamed Wong, is 37 years old and was once a runner-up in an international bodybuilding contest. He was hospitalized in September for acute liver failure. Now, with a new lease of life after the liver re-transplantation, he said he would like to donate his liver to someone in need in the future.

Asked if such an old liver would underperform, Chan See-ching, chief of liver transplantation at the University of Hong Kong, said the body would regenerate cells to help the liver grow.

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