A Very Rare Transplant Saves Baby Anthony
March 30, 2012
Anthony Gallagher is a happy and curious two year-old now. But that was not the case in November 2010. Born with a badly damaged liver, he desperately needed a liver transplant or he would die. “Anthony might actually be the sickest child I’ve ever transplanted,” says Dr. Sander Florman, Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation at Mount Sinai and a surgeon specializing in liver transplant surgery. A liver donated by a deceased organ donor became available, but it was too big for Anthony, who weighed less than 10 pounds. Dr. Florman and Mount Sinai surgeon Marcelo Facciuto, MD, also a specialist in liver transplantation, describe the rare technique they used, known as a monosegment graft, to cut the donated liver down into the smallest anatomical size to fit Anthony and successfully implant it into his body. This type of transplant surgery is done only once or twice a year in the United States.
Short Bowel Syndrome
February 29, 2012
Dr. Lauren Schwartz, a gastroenterologist and intestinal rehabilitation and transplant specialist, discusses a rare condition known as short bowel syndrome that affects about 40,000 Americans.
Living Donation: Kelly and Netfa
March 19, 2012
Kelly Belgrave, a kidney/pancreas transplant recipient, is now dialysis-free and no longer requires daily insulin injections, thanks to her fiancé and living donor Netfa Rickets.
A Life-Saving Transplant: Baby Ariz
March 29, 2012
Dr. Sander Florman talks about the life-saving liver transplant he and a team of specialists at Mount Sinai performed on Ariz Gadat when Ariz was less than a month old and weighed only seven pounds.
Mom Gives Baby Daughter the Gift of Life
April 2, 2012
Jennilynne Barters, who donated a piece of her liver to her seven month-old daughter Ellieanna, talks with members of RMTI’s pediatric liver transplant team about the ‘split-liver’ transplant that saved her daughter’s life.