Italy swaps spleen for kid­ney in world first

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH -


A hos­pi­tal in north­ern Italy said it had achieved a world first by suc­cess­fully trans­plant­ing a kid­ney in the place of the spleen in a sixyear-old girl. The child had been on dial­y­sis since birth be­cause of a rare kid­ney anom­aly and a mal­for­ma­tion of the ab­dom­i­nal blood ves­sels, the Mo­linette hos­pi­tal in Turin said in a state­ment.

The young­ster, who was not named, had been un­able to ei­ther uri­nate or drink, it said. She was op­er­ated on at the end of last week. “In or­der to cre­ate the nec­es­sary space for the new kid­ney, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary and in­no­va­tive tech­nique was ap­plied, with the re­moval of the spleen,” the hos­pi­tal said. “The girl is do­ing very well, she re­sumed uri­nat­ing im­me­di­ately and can fi­nally drink af­ter six years,” it said. — AFP

HAY­WARD: Solomon, a golden ea­gle, perches on a branch at the Sul­phur Creek Na­ture Cen­ter in Hay­ward, Calif. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has fi­nal­ized that lets wind-en­ergy com­pa­nies op­er­ate high-speed tur­bines for up to 30 years - even it means killing or in­jur­ing thou­sands of fed­er­ally pro­tected bald and golden ea­gles. Ac­cord­ing to keep­ers, a wind tur­bine near the Al­ta­mont Pass sev­ered a por­tion of Solomon’s left wing in 2000 leav­ing him un­able to fly or sur­vive in the wild. — AP

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