A 28-year-old woman who developed 'acute hepatic failure' and slipped into a coma for two weeks had a miraculous recovery within six hours of a liver transplant. The woman had delivered a baby six months ago. Despite all the treatment, her condition worsened, and by the time she had presented with an acute condition, she had developed viral hepatitis.
According to Dr. Govindverma, chief hepatologist, Pace hospitals, after taking local medicine, her condition worsened, and she went into a coma with frequent seizures. She also had poor blood clotting and a low platelet count. It was in this challenging scenario she was brought to their hospital. Under the Jeevandan program, live donor transplantation was decided while the patient was put on a super urgent transplant list.
Dr. Phani Krishna, a transplant surgeon, said that the golden hours before transplantation are the most crucial as the patient may collapse due to bleeding in the brain. As the woman's bilirubin was high, their team performed urgent liver dialysis – plasma exchange to bring her bilirubin down and reduce the swelling of her brain.
Due to her critical condition, Doctors were skeptical despite the transplant going smoothly. The doctors said that her miraculous rapid recovery from a two-week coma to consciousness within 6 hours of the transplant was truly amazing.