- Divine is a 3-year-old child from Kenya who suffered from a large tumor in her heart and liver.
- The tumor obstructed the blood flow to all the parts of her body rendering her so weak that doctors had to treat her for three months to restore her nutrition levels.
- On June 20, in a 15 hour long surgery the little one underwent an open heart surgery as well as a liver transplant simultaneously.
- According to Dr. Naimish Mehta, senior liver transplant surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital normally a gap is maintained between two major surgeries.
- But in Divine's case it was not possible as resection of the tumor in parts would have resulted in it spreading to other organs of the body.
- After the liver was dissected, her heart was put on a heart-lung bypass machine as the whole right cardiac chamber was removed and reconstructed by Dr. Raja Joshi and his team.
- In another operation theatre, Dr. Mehta along with his team operated on her father, the donor for her liver.
- No sooner had the heart bypass machine been disconnected from her, the new liver was transplanted.
- Strict vigil was maintained throughout the surgery as there was high chances of hypotension and severe bleeding.
Source: Sir Gange Ram Hospital, Media Update