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In a first, small intestine transplant saves woman’s life In a first, small intestine transplant saves woman’s life

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KOCHI: For the first time in Kerala, doctors in a city hospital performed a complicated small intestine transplant that gave back 37-year-old Seena Shojan her life which, prior to a miraculous organ match, had been written off.

Seena was being given liquid food directly through the veins as her small intestine was unable to perform normally because it had become too small following several surgeries.

As her condition visibly deteriorated, doctors got an organ retrieval alert from Kerala Network of Organ Sharing (KNOS) saying that the family of 38-year-old Mini Antony, declared brain dead on January 5, was willing to donate organs including heart, liver, small intestine, kidney and two cornea.

Mini died in a road accident while on her way to buy milk for their new house-warming function. As soon as the family realised that she wouldn't survive, they told doctors to look at the option of organ donation.

Mini's small intestine proved a match for Seena who was immediately operated in a six-hour surgery and her life saved.

"Though in ICU, Seena has recovered and is eating solid food, something she hasn't had for the last several months. But she will have to remain in the hospital for a couple of months," said Dr Sudhindran S, head of gastrointestinal surgery at Amrita Hospital.

Doctors said that her small intestine became short due to multiple surgeries.

The normal length of the small intestine is 5-6 metres and a normal human being requires at least two metres of small intestine for survival. "Seena had only 96 cm length of small intestine because she had developed pores. Surgeries were done after complications developed," said Dr Ramachandran N Menon.

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