Dubai: A three-and-a-half-year-old Pakistani boy, who was in desperate need of a second liver transplant, has successfully completed the operation thanks to the generosity of Gulf News readers.
Baby Mohammad Ebrahim Kiani, who was at risk of liver failure due to complications arising from a congenital liver disease and a subsequent transplant, received a new lease of life after donations came pouring in from well-wishers in the UAE when his story was published in June.
His father, Mohammad Adel Kiani, said he was thankful for the overwhelming support he received from the community.
The surgery was carried out on September 1 in Fortis Escorts Hospital, New Delhi.
“It was a very critical period because my son was falling ill, his body was turning weak and we couldn’t afford to do the operation. The surgery was so important and it has saved his life,” said an emotional Kiani, 36, who works as an accountant at a local hospital.
Baby Mohammad suffered from ‘biliary atresia'; a congenital liver disease in which the bile duct between the liver and the small intestine is blocked or missing. He underwent a liver transplant successfully but later began to face further complications and required another transplant.
I knew that there were generous people out there, but I never expected to receive this much support from the Asian community. They helped me raise almost Dh100,000, which helped cover all the costs.
Kiani said he and his wife were put through several tests to determine who the donor for the second transplant would be and then doctors decided his wife would be the best option.
“We went to India on August 10 and doctors carried out many tests and investigations on myself and my wife. They had to make sure the donor was a perfect match this time because his body [had] rejected the first liver transplant.”
The liver is the human body’s largest essential organ, performing key metabolic and immune functions. In a liver transplant that involves a relative, a portion of the liver is removed from a living relative. As livers are capable of regeneration, a transplanted section of a healthy liver can ideally regrow into a functional organ for the recipient.
Kiani’s wife and son are recovering well after the surgery and are back in Pakistan, he said. “My son had to stay in the hospital for a couple of weeks before he was discharged and he had to be monitored for two more weeks before we were able to take him back home. He is recovering quickly thanks to God, but he will have to keep receiving medication for the next five years.”
“I knew that there were generous people out there, but I never expected to receive this much support from the Asian community. They helped me raise almost Dh100,000, which helped cover all the costs, including the hospital bills, medication and hotel stay in India,” he said.
Kiani said he made sure he updated his child's well-wishers every step of the way, and when he got more calls from people wanting to help, he told them that he was no longer in need of donations.
“I have to give my special thanks to these good people, they helped me a lot and the surgery was carried out in time. Everything had gone so smoothly and my son is recovering. I’m so grateful for everyone’s help.”