Date
22 October 2017
Lee is in stable condition after an eight hour-liver transplant in Queen Mary Hospital. His wife (inset) thanked the organ donors and the Hong Kong public, Photos: HKEJ, Ming Pao, tvb.com
Lee is in stable condition after an eight hour-liver transplant in Queen Mary Hospital. His wife (inset) thanked the organ donors and the Hong Kong public, Photos: HKEJ, Ming Pao, tvb.com

Medical blunder patient finally gets liver transplant

A 46-year-old man has completed a liver transplant more than two weeks after a medical blunder forced doctors to halt the procedure halfway through.

The man, surnamed Lee, underwent a successful transplant early Wednesday after receiving a liver from a deceased donor, Sky Post reports.

On Aug. 26, doctors at Queen Mary Hospital, stopped the live procedure after learning the organ’s donor had liver tumor.

Lee is in stable condition in an intensive care unit and his blood pressure is normal, according to Albert Chan, an assistant professor of pancreatic surgery who was part of the transplant team. 

Lee’s kidneys are functioning and he is able to move both hands.

Chan said Lee will be under observation in the coming week for any signs of rejection.

Otherwise, he should recover in about four weeks, Chan said.

Lee was diagnosed with cirrhosis and hepatic failure in January.

His condition worsened after he suffered a blood infection, prompting emergency measures such as hemodialysisis and cardiac stimulants.

After the failed procedure, Lee waited two weeks before a liver became available from a 54-year-old woman who died from a stroke Tuesday night  

In the following hours, doctors performed the life-saving procedure on Lee until 8 a.m.

Lee’s wife thanked the families of the organ donors and sent her condolences to the woman’s relatives for the loss of their loved one.

She also thanked members of the public for their encouragement.

Although Lee is unable to speak, he has shown some emotions and eagerness to get well, according to his sister-in-law.

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