Ping Pong Balls Saved Her Life

2-year-old Mackenzie Argaet was born with biliary artresia. Her liver developed cirrhosis and she received a liver transplant. Dr Albert Shun, from The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Australia, performed the surgery.
But after inserting a portion of the adult-size liver in the little girl, Dr Shun discovered it was too big and was placing pressure on her blood vessels which could have been fatal.

Having heard about the use of ping-pong balls in operations overseas, he decided to test their suitability in transplant surgery.

"I rang my wife and asked her to go to Big W and buy me some ping-pong balls," he said.

The balls hold the liver away from the arteries until the swelling from surgery goes down. In Mackenzie's case, the balls were left inside, and the liver will grow around them.
Unaware she has a foreign object inside her body, little Mackenzie is now running around like every toddler her age.

Her parents Letice Darswell and Guy Argaet are thrilled their daughter is well after she was so seriously ill from birth.

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I'm not sure on the immunosupressives thing.

I've got some titanium screws in my knee, my father-in-law has total hip replacement, my mother-in-law has plastic heart valves and my boss had both knees replaced. We're not on immunosuppressives. I dunno..I'm not a doctor.
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Tha ball is inside her body. If she falls so hard as to crack the ball, the shards won't be a problem anymore.

@PrincessPi: They most definitely put her on Immunosupressives. As a matter of fact, she'll be taking them her whole life.
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So .... um... can she .... make a pearl now? I mean, isn't that what happens with oysters? They put in a foreign object and leave it there .... and ....
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The insertion of lucite balls (essentially ping-pong balls) into the pleural space was a common procedure in the pre-antibiotic era as treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis. The balls (or, alternatively, sponges, oil, other inert substances) compressed the lung, putting it "to rest" or at least decreasing ventilation so that the tubercle bacilli would not be coughed out. The lucite balls were commonly retained for decades without "rejection", although they sometimes migrated or eroded into other structures.
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