HIV-positive mother donates liver to save her child’s life

HIV-positive mother donates liver to save her child’s life

HIV-positive mother donates liver to save her child’s life

According to Wits University, " the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre is the only transplant programme doing living donor liver transplantation in southern Africa".

The team of doctors performed the world's first liver transplant from a mother living with HIV to her critically-ill child who did not contract it, who had been waiting 180 days for a donor.

Faced with the only chance to save a child's life, doctors in South Africa have performed a medical first - transplanting part of the liver from an HIV-positive mother to her child who does not have the disease, it was announced Thursday.

The 13-month-old child who was in the final stage of liver disease and would have died without the transplant.

Tests picked up HIV-antibodies in the baby‚ meaning it could be positive - but these could also come from the mother's liver as a liver stores many immune cells.

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"Two aspects of this case are unique".

Although doctors are unsure of the HIV status of the child a year on, they are excited about the success of the transplant. However, it is not considered best practice internationally because of the risk of HIV transmission to the recipient. A liver from a donor without HIV was not available in a country where there is a chronic shortage of organs available for transplant.

"However, we will only know this conclusively over time", said Jean Botha, Director of Transplantation at the Transplant Unit at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre.

Scientists believe this is the first time worldwide that a positive organ has been used for a negative person.Scientists consulted widely to determine if it was ethical and an ethical committee at Wits made the decision to go ahead‚ taking into account the child's family's wishes.

Scientists may have to stop ARV medicine to see if the baby is negative‚ but the doctors don't want to do it yet."For now the child is well and we well leave it‚" said Conradie. We then started using sensitive methods of testing to look for the actual virus in the cells and the plasma of the child and at no point were we able to find it. "For now the child will remain on ART until we have a more comprehensive picture", said Professor Caroline Tiemessen, Researcher Professor at the Wits School of Pathology.

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