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Kushal Ambedkar

A transplant in time restores a childhood at nine.

Kaushal who is just nine years old underwent a liver transplant in November 2020 at Aster RV Hospital, Bengaluru, one of our partner hospitals to get rid of the diseased organ and get a new lease of life. Kaushal, was born a healthy bony baby and showed no signs of ill health in the first three years of his life. But when he was four years old, his parents started to notice certain changes in his body. The tiny child showed some physical disproportionality. His stomach looked distended. 

His parents rushed him to the doctor for a check-up. His family hailed from Jharkhand and had limited access to specialty healthcare services. Doctors who checked on him, said he had an enlarged spleen. 

An enlarged spleen can be caused by infections, cirrhosis and other liver diseases, blood diseases characterized by abnormal blood cells, problems with the lymph system, or other conditions. He was first given medication to treat the problem. But when there was no symptomatic relief with medications, doctors advised a splenectomy (removal of spleen). In fact, a biopsy was done to ascertain the diagnosis. This took a turn for the worse at the operation table, when the doctors realised that the problem was not his spleen but liver. Kaushal, suffered from paediatric liver cirrhosis. In very young children, cirrhosis is most often caused by a genetic (inherited) liver problem such as biliary atresia. Only a liver transplant could save Kaushal. 

In November 2020, Kaushal got a liver transplant done with funds and support extended to him by TPAF and its partners. We hope the cuts and scars heal soon and his health restores back to normalcy again. The good news is he is doing fine with proper care and medication now.  

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