Landmark intestinal transplant a success

Surgeons have completed Australia’s first liver-intestinal transplant, in a marathon procedure lasting more than 13 hours and involving 20 staff.

The patient, who had short gut syndrome and had been on long-term parenteral nutrition, is now eating normally and back to full-time work for the first time in 14 years.

The ground-breaking procedure took place at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, in July 2010, but is reported for the first time this week in the Medical Journal