“When it occurred to us to wrap the course up with an actual surgery, we realized it was impossible to fit 50 people into an operating room. So we decided to livestream the entire procedure, which, by the way, was being performed in two different hospitals,” explained Imventarza.
An 11-month-old girl with liver disease received a small piece of her mother’s liver at Argerich Hospital, in another part of the city. The organ was then transferred to Garrahan, where it was transplanted. Both patients recovered well following the operations.
Guido Aguirre, an intensive care pediatrician who travelled from Paraguay specifically to attend the course, explained that, “In our country, we are not performing this type of intervention and all liver transplant cases are sent to Garrahan. Being here is huge progress for us and is pretty historic. In the future, we hope to create a group that will begin doing liver transplants in Paraguay.”
Imventarza highlighted that all the participants in the course “are receiving our support to begin developing their liver transplantation programs, so that they do not feel they have to do it alone. We are also looking into the possibility of offering more specific courses for surgeons and therapists, in order to maintain ties and ensure the creation of more trained teams in the region.”