Marder out of danger, seemingly won't need liver transplant

April 3, 2011 15:25


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Shirli Marder, the 27-year-old woman whose liver nearly failed in a rare case after taking ibuprofen for pain from a tooth extraction, is "out of danger and apparently will not need a liver transplant," according to the Rabin Medical Center on Sunday.

Nearly two weeks after the shocking incident that won her and her family much public interest and sympathy, she still needs constant monitoring, but she was due to leave the intensive care unit on Sunday. Doctors said she has been attached to a plasmapheresis machine which performs outside the body the removal, treatment and return of components of blood plasma from blood circulation. This procedure is usually conducted for treating immunological disorders and, on the basis of her medical team’s judgement, comes instead of a liver transplant.

Prof. Pierre Singer, head of Beilinson’s intensive care unit, said that Marder has improved significantly since she was rushed to Ben-Gurion Airport to fly to France for a transplant but was returned at the last minute to undergo a transplant -- that was finally cancelled -- here. But she still has a considerable way before her, he said.

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