Liver transplant boy goes home, needs close watch


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  • Saturday, 18 Jan 2003

PETALING JAYA: Three-year-old Muhammad Fakhrul Radzi Rosli was discharged from the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) yesterday after he underwent a liver transplant more than two months ago. 

His mother Hamisah Isap said she was grateful to God for Fakhrul’s speedy recovery. 

She thanked donors and others who prayed for his recovery. 

HOMEWARD BOUND:Fakhrul and his mother Hamisah waving to reporters as they leave forhome from the Subang Jaya Medical Centre yesterday.At the wheel is Fakhrul's father Rosdi Mohd Noor. - Utusanpic

Hamisah also thanked the Umno Youth and Majlis Belia Selangor for raising the funds for Fakhrul. 

“It’s the people’s prayers that gave Fakhrul the spiritual strength to recover rapidly. It’s the power of prayers that has kept him alive and strong,” she told reporters before leaving for home. 

According to consultant hepatobiliary surgeon at SJMC Datuk Dr Tan Kai Chah, who led the 12-hour operation, Fakhrul would be monitored closely in case his body rejected the liver. 

“He needs to be on medication for the rest of his life as he may be vulnerable to infections, especially during the first year after the transplant.” 

Hamisah left the hospital with a lot of medication for Fakhrul. 

Fakhrul, who was diagnosed with biliary atresia (born without bile ducts), had to undergo the transplant to save his life. 

He was operated on immediately after doctors found a suitable donor, Muhammad Nasir Zakaria, 23, a Petronas technician from Kerteh. 

Hamisah said for the first three months, Fakhrul would have to undergo a medical check-up every two weeks and subsequently once a month.  

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