Japanese baby recovering after six-organ transplant in Florida
Sat Jan 15, 9:58 AM ET
MIAMI (AFP) - A Japanese baby is recovering well after receiving six organs from a donor baby, a procedure banned in Japan, his doctor revealed.
Eleven-month-old Yosuke Ohashi quietly sucked a pacifier in his mother's arms at a press conference Friday where doctors announced his remarkable recovery from the eight-hour operation, performed on December 24.
"The success of a little child like this ... could have an impact" on Japanese law, said Tomoaki Kato, the surgeon who performed the transplant at the University of Miami Jackson transplant center.
In Japan, children under 15 are barred from donating organs. Japan legalized adult transplants of many organs only in 1997.
A reporter from the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun commented that Japanese society may not be ready to accept brain-dead children donating organs.
The baby, who suffered damage to many digestive organs after his intestines malfunctioned, received a stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver, small intestine and large intestine from a 6-month-old Florida donor.
"I am Buddhist, but many thanks to the God of the United States," the baby's father, Yukiho Ohashi, said in Spanish. "This story was incredible - a miracle."
The baby became sick when he was five months old because his intestines were not developing properly. He was born and later hospitalized in Chile, where his father works.