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Five-organ transplant patient a mom

MIAMI – A woman who was given a new liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestine at a Miami hospital in 2007 has delivered a healthy baby girl, believed to be the first known case of a five-organ transplant patient giving birth.

Fatema Al Ansari, 26, said Wednesday she was overjoyed after giving birth by cesarean section Feb. 26. She held the sleeping child at a gathering with reporters Wednesday at the same hospital, Jackson Memorial, where she had transplant surgery in 2007.

“It’s a hard feeling to express,” the smiling mother said, gently cradling her daughter, Alkadi Alhayal, who had weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces upon arrival. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” she said in Arabic, her words translated by an interpreter.

The woman, who lives in Qatar and plans to return home in coming weeks, was there at 19 when she was diagnosed with a blood clot in a major vein to the intestine – requiring transplant surgery.

Just over 600 five-organ transplants had been recorded as of 2011, according to the latest figures available from the Intestinal Transplant Association.

Dr. Shalih Y. Yasin, the woman’s obstetrician, said there have been some cases in Europe of births by transplant patients who had two organs, “but not five.”


 

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