Date
11 December 2017
Four-month-old Lee Yan-yan received part of her mother's liver but the transplant did not work out. Photo: Lee's mother Facebook
Four-month-old Lee Yan-yan received part of her mother's liver but the transplant did not work out. Photo: Lee's mother Facebook

Mother appeals for liver donation for 4-month-old baby

A four-month-old baby girl is in desperate need of a liver transplant due to congenital biliary atresia.

The condition occurs when the bile ducts become inflamed and blocked and could lead to liver failure, hk01.com reports.

Lee Yan-yan is receiving treatment at Queen Mary Hospital and awaiting a liver from a donor with type A blood.

According to statistics, only three in every 10,000 Asian babies will develop Yan-yan’s condition.

If the illness is diagnosed within 60 days of birth, it is possible to do a procedure that can take out the bile duct and directly connect the bowels to the liver.

The success rate of the procedure is about 70 to 90 percent. However, a failure would mean there is a need for a liver transplant.

Lee’s mother posted on Facebook on the Aug. 24 that they urgently need a liver within two weeks in order for Yan-yan to survive, hoping that someone will come forward with a suitable liver with type A or O blood.

On Aug. 14, she posted that she had offered part of her liver but the transplant did not work out. Since Yan-yan’s father is a liver cancer survivor, he is not a suitable donor.

When a baby has biliary atresia, bile flow from the liver to the gallbladder is blocked. This causes the bile to be trapped inside the liver, causing damage and scarring of the liver cells and eventually leading to liver failure. Symptoms of biliary atresia include yellow skin and eyes, as well as light-colored feces.

Yan-yan is on antibiotics and anti-rejection drugs. Doctors hope her liver will sustain her until she finds a donor.

Netizens have shared her mother’s post on the internet and also helped cheer her up.

The five-year survival rate for children patients who have received a liver transplant is about 80 percent.

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