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Liver-transplant Patient Gives Birth to Baby
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A Chinese woman who had liver transplant surgery two years ago has given birth to a baby in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

29-year-old Feng Jie became a very happy and lucky mum on Sunday when she gave birth to a healthy boy, making her China's fourth and the world's 40th liver-transplant woman to successfully produce a baby.

The baby, weighing 4.41 kilograms, was born by Cesarean section on Sunday morning in the No. 1 Hospital affiliated to Chongqing Medical University.

The mother and her baby are in a stable condition, said Doctor Du Chengyou.

Feng received a liver transplant in 2004, after being diagnosed in 2001 with Wilson's disease, a major liver disease which leads to hepatic failure, liver cirrhosis and ultimately death. The pregnancies of liver-transplant patients threaten the lives of mother and baby and usually lead to infant deformation and obstetric disease.

Feng got pregnant in April 2006 and life smiled on this resilient and gutsy woman who insisted on becoming a mother.

China's first baby born to a liver-transplant patient came into the world on Aug. 18, 2004 in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Liver transplants are considered the most difficult of all organ transplants. Since the first operation was conducted in the United States in 1963, 100,000 patients have undergone the surgery around the world, including about 5,000 Chinese patients.

(Xinhua News Agency December 14, 2006)

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