Liver Transplant Patient Appears to Be Recovering

Mira Schichmanter, Israel’s first liver transplant patient, appears to be recovering after 18 hours of surgery Tuesday.

Rambam Hospital in Haifa reported Thursday that the 39-year-old mother of two got out of bed and sat in a bedside chair for several minutes. But she remains under sedation and is unable to talk to doctors or family members because she is still breathing through oxygen tubes and a mask. But she is able to smile with her eyes, nurses said.

Dr. Yigal Kam, the American-trained surgeon who performed the complex operation, expressed satisfaction with his patient’s condition so far. He described it Thursday as stable. On Wednesday he said she was in critical but stable condition. He said that if three days pass without rejection of the transplanted liver Schichmanter would be declared out of danger.

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