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Live liver donor patient goes home

3rd July 2007

A NHS patient who received a liver transplant from a live donor is due to be discharged from hospital.

liver1Stephen Lomas, 51, was the first person to receive this type of transplant within the NHS.

60% of his son David's liver was given to Mr Lomas at St James's Hospital in Leeds. Two sets of surgeons performed the eight-hour operation on 21 June.

Mr Lomas is said to have made "excellent progress" following the operation, and his son David has already left hospital.

Doctors hope that use of this type of living transplant might cut waiting lists for donor organs. The current health service system relies on organs donated from deceased patients.

Consultant hepatologist Dr Charlie Milson told the BBC that one in every five patients died waiting for a donor. Dr Milson said the liver was an excellent candidate for "living-related donation" because of its size and capacity for regeneration.

He explained: "In this procedure we remove part of the liver of a healthy donor and transplant it into a patient with liver failure. The remaining liver in the donor will re-grow within weeks to almost its normal size. It really is a massive leap forward."

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed this was the first live donation performed within the health service and said it could potentially save many lives. Live donation has been performed around the world for over 15 years.

 

 

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