1-year-old baby who urgently needed liver donation is now on road to recovery

Hayson Au, who is 14 months old, has been discharged from the intensive care unit and is now recovering steadily. Photos: HK01
Hayson Au, who is 14 months old, has been discharged from the intensive care unit and is now recovering steadily. Photos: HK01

The 1-year-old baby who was earlier in desperate need of a liver donation is now recovering, his mother said.

Hayson Au, who is 14 months old, was discharged from the intensive care unit at Queen Mary Hospital on Tuesday afternoon and transferred to the pediatric ward, according to The Standard.

He regained consciousness last Friday, and over the weekend, his condition improved enough for him not to require a urine catheter and gastric tube.

“He now knows to smile at me,” the mother said. “He has also started to become a bit whiny, probably because he is bored and wants to go home.”

The toddler was diagnosed with acute liver failure earlier this month and slipped into a coma after being admitted to hospital. His parents said he was in urgent need of a liver donation, and put out a city-wide call for donors with a compatible blood type.

More than 10 people came forward, but none proved to be a suitable match.

While the toddler is steadily recovering, the doctor warned that there is a risk of deterioration given the still unknown cause of Au’s condition, the mother said.

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