First successful organ donation from newborn takes place in UK
Doctors from United Kingdom (UK) have carried out the first successful organ donation from a newborn baby.
It is considered as a milestone in neonatal care after donor’s kidneys and liver were used to save the lives of two patients.
Successful organ donation involved
- Kidneys, which were transplanted into a patient with renal failure.
- Liver cells (hepatocytes), which were transfused into a further recipient.
The donor was six-day-old baby girl who had died after she was born in extremely poor health. After donors death, her parents had given their consent for organ donation in order to benefit of other sick patients.
- Implication: In future organ donation from newborns will play significant role in saving the lives sick newborns dying due to organ failure.