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WHAT IS BILIARY ATRESIA?

Biliary atresia is a life-threatening condition in infants in which the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gall bladder, do not function properly.

With biliary atresia, bile becomes trapped, builds up and damages the liver.

Without treatment, the liver eventually fails and the infant needs a liver transplant to survive.

Supash's doctor, Associate Professor Marion Aw, a senior consultant at National University Hospital's division of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, said his condition is serious.

Most children with this condition have a 90 per cent chance of dying by their second or third birthday, Prof Aw added.

Prof Aw said at the moment, it is difficult to predict how much time Supash has left.


WANT TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR?

Professor K.K. Madhavan, the co-director of the National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, said potential donors must be healthy with no illness and history of medication.

For liver transplants to be feasible, the donor and the recipient should be about the same size (in terms of BMI or body weight) and have the same blood group.

They will have to go for procedures such as blood tests, X-rays and CT scans to determine whether they are suitable donors.

Those found to be suitable will be further assessed by a National Transplant Ethics Committee, which will decide if a transplant can take place.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If your blood type is O positive, please call Mr Senthilkumar at 9678-4445.