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HIV-positive Mother Donates Liver to Critically Ill Child

Thursday, 04 October 2018 07:38 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission.

The team from the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg says the mother and the child recovered after the 2017 transplant, though it is not yet known whether the child has the virus that causes AIDS.

The University of the Witwatersrand experts explained the procedure in an article published Thursday in the journal AIDS. They say medication provided to the child before the transplant may have prevented HIV transmission, though that will only become clear over time.

They say a liver from a donor without HIV was not available.

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Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission.The team from the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre in...
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