The boy, Nitish, has contracted a liver-related disease called ‘biliary atresia’ and was on the brink of death. His parents Nagarjun and Durga Prashanti rushed the boy to the Apollo Hospitals for diagnosis and treatment. They diagnosed the problem and suggested liver transplantation.
The surgeons have cut down 15 per cent of liver from the boy’s father (Nagarjun) and put it for the boy. Since liver has regenerative capacity, the father will not have any problem in future. The live in the boy too will grow, according to doctors. Fortunately, the live part has synchronized with the boy’s body system. It was very rare of performing liver transplantation on a boy of 7 months 13 days- who weighs just 5.5 kilos.
The cost of the operation was Rs 25 lakh but the poor parents could not bear such a huge amount. They requested for help and Allu Arjun, immediately arranged Rs 8 lakh. The AP government has donated Rs 10 lakh and the Central government has provided Rs 3 lakh. Several people have also contributed and ultimately the boy got the treatment and now discharged gaining full health.
What is biliary atresia?
Biliary atresia is a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants. Symptoms of the disease appear or develop about two to eight weeks after birth.
Cells within the liver produce liquid called bile. Bile helps to digest fat. It also carries waste products from the liver to the intestines for excretion.
This network of channels and ducts is called the biliary system. When the biliary system is working the way it should, it lets the bile drain from the liver into the intestines.