Lifesaving Work at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Recent news from the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is that a five month old baby underwent a liver transplant due to liver failure that was caught after she was born 10 weeks early.  She breaks records in that at just 4 pounds, she was one of “the smallest babies ever to successfully receive a liver transplant.”  It was Dr. Tomoaki Kato, surgical director of liver and intestine transplant programs at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and chief of abdominal organ transplantation and professor of surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons who performed the surgery a few months ago.  Shortly after she was born, she was sent to NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital where an “irreversible liver injury of unknown origin” was diagnosed.  A suitable liver had to be found for her which took two weeks.  The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is known as being a highly reputable institution but this latest surgery will add to its prestige.