Surgeons At KU Hospital Save 2 Lives With 1 Liver

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Two Kansas women are recovering from transplants they received using parts of the same liver.

Surgeons at the University of Kansas Hospital transplanted the divided liver into the two women last week. They split the liver because it was too large to fit into the women.

The Kansas City Star reports one of the women, Pamela Lawson of Salina, feared she would not get a liver because she is 64 years old. She never hesitated when surgeons suggested the split-liver procedure and was recovering Tuesday at the hospital.

The second recipient did not wish to be identified, except that she is 60 years old and is also recovering well.

One of the surgeons, Dr. Timothy Schmitt, says the women should completely recover if they take care of their health.

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