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Older sibling`s diagnosis saves life of year-old Cambodian baby girl

  • Brother case history of liver disease helps in early diagnosis of sister
  • Both suffer from rare disorder affecting the liver
  • Siblings underwent life saving liver transplant at Apollo

New Delhi, 22 March 2018: In an unusual case - one of despair, hope and triumph - a seven-year-old Cambodian boy’s previous diagnosis and treatment helped save his baby sister. Kim Sroy, now aged seven, suffered was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and underwent a liver transplantation at 18 months of age. In doing so he unknowingly also helped his younger sister, who was detected with jaundice within the first few weeks of life.
After a successful liver transplant, Kim was discharged in the third week, but within two years he developed swelling all over his body and was brought back. Kim had developed chronic renal disease due to transplant related thrombotic microangiopathy, a rare condition where the small blood vessel get occluded due to the damage to their inner lining. This is a very rare, but devastating complication of transplantation with mortality ranging from 60 – 90 percent.
Upon diagnosis, doctors realized that Kim urgently needs renal transplant and was put on hemodialysis. He underwent a kidney transplant. Now it’s been more than five years and Kim is hale and hearty with both his liver and kidneys doing well.
In 2017, Kim’s mother seeing her daughter Angel’s eyes become yellow brought her to Apollo Delhi for an assessment. “Given our understanding of Kim’s case, we immediately investigated Angel. She too was diagnosed to have paucity of bile ducts. Her liver disease continued to progress rapidly, resulting in end-stage liver disease within few months. The family took the baby to France for a second opinion, which concurred with our plan. She underwent a liver transplant at the age of 11 months” said Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Apollo Hospitals Group.
“Angel was really small and deeply jaundiced. Such small babies are a challenge as the donor livers have to be specifically reduced as per the size of the small abdominal cavity, kind of custom built to fit in. Big size grafts can create a lot of post operative problems but fortunately for her, the reduced liver worked really fine. Also joining the tiny blood vessels can be quite challenging in small babies”, said Dr Neerav Goyal, Senior Consultant, Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic surgery, Indrprastha Apollo Hospitals.
The surgical team comprised of Dr Puneet Dargan, Dr Arun Venuthurimilli and Dr Kumar Vaibhav.

About Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, India’s first JCI accredited hospital, is a joint venture between the Government of Delhi and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Commissioned in July 1996, it is the third super-specialty tertiary care hospital set up by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Spread over 15 acres, it houses 57 specialties with more than 300 specialists and more than 700 operational beds, 19 operation theatres, 138 ICU beds, round-the-clock pharmacy, NABL accredited laboratories, 24-hour emergency services and an active air ambulance service. Apollo Hospitals Delhi has the leading programme in kidney and liver transplant in the country. The first successful paediatrics and adult liver transplants in India were performed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. The hospital is at the forefront of medical technology and expertise. It provides a complete range of latest diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities for the care of its patients. The Hospital has introduced the most sophisticated imaging technology to India with the introduction of 64 slice CT and 3 Tesla MRI, Novalis Tx and the integrated PET Suite. Indraprastha Apollo has also pioneered the concept of preventive health check programmes and has created a satisfied customer base over decades. The Hospital has been consistently ranked amongst the best 10 hospitals in India by The Week survey for the past few years.

Hospital website - Twitter: @HospitalsApollo

For further information, please contact:

Kusum Sahijpal


Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals

Sarita Vihar, Mathura Road

New Delhi - 76

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