Seven months after receiving five new organs during a rare surgery, a young New York City woman is ready to ring in the New Year with family and friends, the New York Daily News reported.
Kritsin Molini was diagnosed with a rare medical condition known as intestinal dysmotility when she was in junior high. Since that time, her health steadily deteriorated until she weighed just 74-pounds and needed to be hooked up to an intravenous line for most of the day.
But in May, everything changed for the 22-year-old. She received a new liver, stomach, pancreas, and large and small intestines during a surgery known as multivisceral transplantation. Only 300 such surgeries have been performed worldwide since the 1980s, according to the report.
"It's still a very uncommon surgery," Dr. Tomoaki Kato, director of the liver and intestinal transplant program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia told the Daily News. "This is considered very high risk."
During the marathon surgery, Kato and his team severed Molini’s organs, lifted them all out at once and then replaced them with organs from a deceased donor.
Even though she’s not out of danger yet, her prognosis is good and she’s gaining weight.
"I keep saying 2010's my year," Molini said. "I'm just ready to live."