Surgeons Monday removed the spleen of 7-year-old Jamie Fiske, the girl who, as an infant, became a national symbol of the need for organ donors when her father launched a widely publicized national search for a new liver.
Jamie Fiske underwent about four hours of surgery at University of Minnesota Hospital, coming out of the operating room at about 11 a.m. CDT."It looks like everything is going to be OK," a hospital spokeswoman said.
Dr. John Najarian, chief of surgery at the hospital, said the girl had an enlarged spleen, probably caused by complications from her original liver. Najarian said doctors noticed the spleen enlargement soon after her transplant in 1982, but they had hoped the spleen could be saved.
The child has been hospitalized three times since September for internal bleeding.
Jamie's father, Charles Fiske, said prior to the operation that his daughter's spirits were good and her biggest concern was whether she would miss Halloween.
Monday's surgery was Jamie's first since she received her new liver before her first birthday. At that time, she was the youngest liver transplant patient in the world.