Prague, Czech Republic. 19th Dec, 2014. The Prague-seated Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) has performed a simultaneous stomach, pancreas, liver and small intestine transplant on a patient in an operation that is unique in Europe, IKEM doctors told a press conference today, on December 19, 2014. The small intestine transplant was the first ever performed in the Czech Republic, they said. The 60-year-old patient underwent the life-saving operation a week ago. His health condition is stable now, but the success cannot be viewed as definitive yet. Credit: CTK/Alamy Live New

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Prague, Czech Republic. 19th Dec, 2014. The Prague-seated Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) has performed a simultaneous stomach, pancreas, liver and small intestine transplant on a patient in an operation that is unique in Europe, IKEM doctors told a press conference today, on December 19, 2014. The small intestine transplant was the first ever performed in the Czech Republic, they said. The 60-year-old patient underwent the life-saving operation a week ago. His health condition is stable now, but the success cannot be viewed as definitive yet. Credit: CTK/Alamy Live New
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The Prague-seated Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) has performed a simultaneous stomach, pancreas, liver and small intestine transplant on a patient in an operation that is unique in Europe, IKEM doctors told a press conference today, on December 19, 2014. The small intestine transplant was the first ever performed in the Czech Republic, they said. The 60-year-old patient underwent the life-saving operation a week ago. His health condition is stable now, but the success cannot be viewed as definitive yet. The situation may change any time, the doctors said. Two surgical teams operated on the patient and the operation lasted ten hours. The patient was diagnosed with cirrhosis five years ago and his health condition started quickly worsening two years ago. In the past year, he was listed for a liver transplant, but further medical examinations showed that a new liver alone would not help him. Doctors therefore recommended a multivisceral transplantation for the patient who would otherwise live a few more months. A suitable donor, who met the strict criteria and from whose dead body all the organs could be taken, appeared after several weeks. Pictured Eva Kieslichova, head of the anaesthesiology, resuscitation and intensive care clinic, where the patient is treated. (CTK Photo/Vit Simanek)

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