A Life-Saving Transplant: Baby Ariz

March 29, 2012
Born with a rare, life-threatening liver disease known as neonatal hemochromatosis, Ariz Gadit needed a liver transplant or he would die. A living donor who could donate a portion of his or her liver that would be a good match for Ariz’s tiny liver could not be found. Unexpectedly, a liver from a deceased two-month old baby became available. Here, Ariz’s parents Hussain and Samreen Gadit and Ariz’s surgeon Dr. Sander Florman, Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai, tell the story of baby Ariz’s life-saving liver transplant performed when he was less than a month old and weighed only seven pounds. Only one or two such transplants are performed on infants less than two months of age in the United States each year.