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World's First Live Lung and Liver Transplant Performed in Kyoto University Hospital, Japan

  • Kyoto University Hospital has performed the world's first simultaneous lung and liver transplant from living donors.
  • A boy under the age of 10 was diagnosed with dyskeratosis congenita, a genetic disorder.
  • He developed aplastic anemia at the age of 2 and received a bone marrow transplant (BMT) from his sister at the age of 4.
  • Later, he developed liver cirrhosis and also a condition in which the arteries and veins of his lungs were connected, making him unable to take in oxygen. 
  • He, therefore, needed both lung and liver transplants.
  • He received part of his parents' lungs and part of his grandfather's liver.
  • The surgery took more than 18 hours, using four operating rooms. 
  • The boy could walk without an oxygen tank two and a half months later.
  • Outside of Japan, at least 20 cases of simultaneous lung and liver transplant surgery involving brain-dead donors have been performed, but this is the world's first case of simultaneous lung and liver transplant to be conducted with living donors.

Source: The Japan Times, NHK World Japan

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