An Indian-origin doctor has successfully performed the first pediatric liver transplant in the UAE, marking a significant medical milestone. The groundbreaking surgery, also the first living donor pediatric liver transplant in the country, was led by Dr. Rehan Saif at Burjeel Medical City (BMC).

The patient, four-year-old Razia Khan from Abu Dhabi, was diagnosed with Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis type 3 (PFIC), a rare genetic liver condition. Razia’s family was deeply affected by this condition, having lost their first daughter to PFIC three years ago in India. Razia had been on medication and regular check-ups until she was old enough for a liver transplant.

Her condition prevented her from attending nursery and achieving typical growth milestones. “Having lost one daughter to the same condition, every day was filled with fear,” said Razia’s father, Imran Khan, who has lived in the UAE for 14 years. Three months ago, a routine check-up revealed that Razia’s spleen and liver was enlarged, prompting doctors to recommend a transplant.

“Razia’s condition is caused by a genetic mutation leading to abnormal bile formation and secretion, ultimately damaging the liver,” explained Dr. Saif. Following extensive evaluations, the doctors determined that a transplant was necessary to save Razia’s life, and her father volunteered to be the donor.The BMC transplant team, led by Dr. Saif performed simultaneous donor and recipient surgeries lasting 10 hours. ”

This is a monumental achievement for the UAE’s medical community, ensuring that children like Razia can receive life-saving treatments without traveling abroad,” said Dr. Saif. Razia has made an excellent recovery and will undergo regular follow-ups. Her physical and intellectual development is expected to return to normal, allowing her to start school and enjoy her childhood like any other child her age.

Source: Mathrubhumi