Sunday, January 22, 2017
Nurse gives part of her liver to save baby.
SAUDI nurse Abeer Attalah Al-Anzi who donated part of her liver to Bashayir Al-Rashidi, a toddler she had never met before and was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver since birth, the liver transplant took place on Dec. 28, 2016. Anzi, who is in her 20s, is not related to Bashayir learned through Twitter that Bashayir, who was at Prince Sultan Medical City in Riyadh, needed a donor, she responded to the appeal and communicated with the family. Once Anzi confirmed the details of Bashayir’s health issues, she decided to donate part of her liver to the young girl. Anzi, who explained that what motivated her to decide to give away part of her liver, was the photo of the child. “Bashayir’s photo struck me; I empathized with her. She was just a child who cannot express the pain she was feeling,” Anzi said, adding at that very moment “I made up my mind, and without any hesitation contacted her father to inform him of my decision. That was four weeks ago.” “The donation coordinator in Fahd Al-Ahmari Hospital briefed me points from the donation manual prior to the surgery,” she said. “But being a nurse I have a general idea about medical transplants. The surgeons also thoroughly explained to me all the aspects of the surgery, which added to my resolve.” continue