Father calls for liver donor for 8-month-old daughter with rare disease

Mr Sandeep Singla with his wife, Ms Neha Wilson, and eight-month-old daughter Zarouhi, who is fighting for her life at the NUH paediatric intensive care unit.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MR SANDEEP SINGLA
STRAITS TIMES | Tiffany Fumiko Tay

SINGAPORE - A father is making a desperate call for a liver donor for his eight-month-old daughter, who is fighting for her life at the National University Hospital's (NUH) paediatric intensive care unit.

Zarouhi Singla was born with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease that can be deadly, her father, Mr Sandeep Singla, told The Straits Times on Wednesday (Aug 10).

Mr Sandeep, 34, had donated part of his liver to her in a transplant surgery on Aug 5, but the transplant failed due to a vascular problem, and she is currently on life support.

Professor K. Prabhakaran, director of the paediatric organ transplant programme at NUH, said baby Zarouhi is currently very ill and unlikely to survive without a re-transplantation.

Biliary atresia is a rare disorder of the liver and a progressive inflammatory destructive process of the bile ducts that affects one in every 15,000 infants, said Dr Prabhakaran. Its cause is not clear. Continue reading
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