Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
In 2008, while everyone was celebrating Chinese New Year, one family learned that their nine-month-old baby girl, nicknamed ""Red Date,"" suffered from congenital biliary atresia. Red Date’s parents sought treatment throughout Mainland China but her illness was progressive and complicated with liver cirrhosis, jaundice, ascites, and coagulopathy.
Red Date’s aunt searched the internet for a solution and she found Dr. Chao-Long Chen, an expert in liver transplantation at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital known for high survival rates. After an initial letter of inquiry, Red Date and her family were able to travel to Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.
After careful assessment, Red Date’s mother was identified and confirmed as a suitable liver donor. Dr. Chao-Long Chen and his team members performed a living donor liver transplant for Red Date—the operation lasted 13 hours.
The procedure was successful for both donor and recipient. Red Date’s mother recovered soon from the surgery, and was able to travel to the liver ICU to visit Red Date every day. Soon after operation, Red Date’s condition improved and she was transferred to a general ward. Her face changed from yellowish to healthy pink; she was always smiling, and became more active. Red Date’s family is touched by her miraculous recovery.
Dr. Chao-Long Chen completed 1000th liver transplantation in July 2012. “The sense of mission and happiness achieved by saving patients who are gravely ill is priceless,” he said.