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Italian Baby Survives Transplant of 8 Organs

The Nation | IN BRIEF / FLORIDA

March 19, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Doctors said they had transplanted eight organs into an Italian baby, who was in good condition six weeks after the operation.

Alessia Di Matteo, now 7 1/2 months old, received a new liver, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, spleen and two kidneys during a 12-hour operation on Jan. 31.

Doctors at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center said it was the world's first eight-organ transplant.

Alessia was born with congenital smooth muscle disorder.

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