Toddler thriving after liver op

SURVIVOR: Rand Sirucek (with her parents) at her post-surgery anniversary celebrations.
PHOTO: Toddler thriving after liver op

SINGAPORE - Toddler Rand Sirucek suffered from biliary atresia, a medical condition which affects the liver.

Biliary atresia occurs when the bile duct that connects the liver to the small intestines is blocked or missing.

If left untreated, the patient's liver will continue to deteriorate and will eventually fail after about three months.

Rand underwent an operation at Mount Elizabeth Hospital a year ago, becoming the youngest person to have received the surgery.

The operation, performed by Dr Prema Raj, pancreatic and general surgeon at the hospital, was a risky procedure that has not been tried on children before.

Rand's mother, Ms Grace Park, 42, said she is glad that her daughter beat the odds and is now a happy and healthy child.

"Today, Rand is thriving. Doctors tell us that she is in the 90th percentile when it comes to height and weight. Which is amazing as the doctors had said that her development would be delayed.

"But she's doing fantastic," she said.

This article was first published on October 2, 2014.
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