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The Daily Mail: Boy, 9, is transplanted with 5 gastrointestinal tract organs

July 8, 2024  10:17

A boy from Michigan with an extremely rare genetic disorder has received five organ transplants after waiting his whole life for a match, reports The Daily Mail.

Jakob Perez has microvillus inclusion disease (MVID), which stops his body from absorbing food properly.

The condition—which affects fewer than 100 people worldwide—means he has to be administered crucial nutrients through an IV.

MVID leads to chronic diarrhea and prevents the body from absorbing vitamins and minerals. 

Jakob was in need of a new stomach, large intestine, small intestine, liver and pancreas and his family had been waiting nine years for a donor, who had to be another little boy of about the same age and size.

Doctors called his family and said Jakob would be receiving his transplants from a deceased donor just two days later in Pittsburgh. 

Jakob still has a long road of recovery ahead of him—two months in the hospital and a three-month stay in Pittsburg after that for follow-up care.

Microtelic cells are proliferative cells of the intestines, which are responsible for the assimilation of nutrients.

Chronic nutrient deficiency in MVID leads to damage to the gastric mucosa and impairs the ability of the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes.

Such a thing can occur in the case of fatty liver and kidney failure.

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