World’s first intestine transplant – level 2
Emma was born in Spain, and when she was only one month old, doctors diagnosed her with a disease called intestinal failure.
For children, the most common cause of the disease was a short intestine, which was Emma’s case, too. Her intestine couldn’t absorb pull from food, and her health got worse very quickly. When Emma was just 11 months old, she became the first person in the world to receive another person’s intestine. Emma got a new intestine, liver, stomach, spleen, and pancreas.
The girl got the organs from a person who died of heart failure, and she was doing well when she left the hospital. Emma is now 18 months old, and she has no health problems.
Difficult words: intestine (the organ that breaks food into other things), spleen (a small organ which cleans blood), pancreas (an organ which controls sugar and fat in the body).
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