Five-year-old Paridhi wins battle against liver and lung failure


IMG-20160502-WA0022At a young and delicate age, five-year-old Paridhi lost her childlike smile and hope to survive. Paridhi, as an infant, was diagnosed with lung and liver failure. In the course of events that followed her diagnosis, her only choice for survival was a highly complex and treacherous process of transplants to cure both lung and liver failures.

On  March 5, Paridhi underwent the complex surgery which challenged the doctors of Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. Her case was unique to their repertoire, as it was carried out in India for the first time ever. Medanta’s chief liver transplant surgeon Dr. A S Soin, who led the team, said, “We have a long experience of operating milder cases of Hepatopulmonary Syndrome (HPS), but this was an advanced case with nearly 50% shunt fraction.”

“Paridhi was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia at since birth. With time her condition worsened and life-threatening liver infection led to eight prolonged stays in hospitals. When she came to us, she was deeply jaundiced and severe HPS with oxygen saturation less than 70%,” explained Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director of Children’s Liver Diseases and Transplantation.

“It was a very critical surgery. There were chances that surgery may affect her brain, heart or kidney or the new liver may not kick in if the already-low levels of oxygen fell any further. While not allowing any fluctuation in blood pressure and with 100 percent oxygen support, we did error-free and fast surgery,” Dr. Soin added.

Paridhi will soon be weaned off oxygen, and is active while maintaining her liver tests.