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Professor SUH KyungSuk Saves High School Girl with Biliary Atresia and Later Helps Her Give Birth to a Child

Sep 18, 2020

Professor SEO Kyungsuk
Professor SEO Kyungsuk

Professor Suh Kyungsuk (College of Medicine) shared his story of saving a high school girl with congenital biliary atresia in 1999 and later helping her give birth to a son in 2014 in an interview with DongA Ilbo. Ms. KWON Soo Kyung was a high school junior when she received a liver transplant from her brother. Her internal organs were stuck together as she had been suffering from biliary atresia since birth, and Professor Suh performed a twelve-hour-long operation on her. Fifteen years later, Ms. Kwon revisited Professor Suh after conceiving a child. Patients who have received a liver transplant rarely give birth as their immunosuppressant drugs can negatively impact the fetus. Professor Suh successfully established a precedent on the safety of a liver transplant patient’s pregnancy. Ms. Kwon gave birth to a healthy boy and she still visits Professor Suh with her son. “I feel my job is worthwhile when I see patients who were treated at a young age carry on with their lives,” said Professor Suh.

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