South Africa doctors who were faced with the only chance to save a child’s life, performed a medical first transplanting part of the liver to a HIV-negative child from a HIV-positive mother, reports had it on Thursday.
However, the Doctors at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg claimed that, the child may not not retain the virus from her new liver one year after the operation.
Before the operation, the child suffers a terminal liver disease and would have died without the liver transplant.
The child may escape been affected by HIV the virus due to the medication from the doctors.
“We will only know this conclusively over time,” says the Chief surgeon at the University, Jean Botha.
Meanwhile, the team of doctors involved in a world record of transplanting a liver from a mother living with HIV to her critically ill HIV-negative child, who could not get a donor for 180 days.
Doctors who performed the operation said the unidentified mother and child have fully recovered and are in good condition.
The mother of the child was also treated with antiretroviral medication, repeadly solicit that the liver should be donated from her to help save the child’s life.
South Africa has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world and the use of HIV-positive patients could help tackle the severe overall shortage of donors.
In 2017, 14 children awaiting liver transplants in Johannesburg died before the before the operation.
During a press conference, the research director at the University’s medical centre, June Fabian, said “We hope this operation will be the first of many like it and will help in promoting justice and equity in liver transplantation.”
On Thursday, a paper detailing the case was published in the peer-reviewed AIDS medical journal.