Matthew Ouimet, the 2-year-old Antioch boy who received a double-transplant last week, went into follow-up surgery Wednesday morning.
The procedure at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco, which was completed before noon, allowed doctors to biopsy the transplanted liver and kidney Matthew received from a deceased donor, check for infection, insert a feeding tube, and fully close the transplant incision, mother Kristi Ouimet said.
In the week since his 13-hour transplant surgery, which began at 6 p.m. on June 4, Matthew has shown steady signs of recovery, becoming more alert and breathing on his own. Born with the genetic condition primary hyperoxaluria Type 1, in which a defect in the liver compromises the kidneys, Matthew has continued the dialysis treatments he has received for almost two years.
As Matthew has become more alert, he has experienced increased pain.
"He has shivers," Kristi Ouimet wrote in a Facebook post, "and says 'owie' and 'mommy save me' ... breaks my heart."
In addition to several family members who have visited him in ICU, Matthew has received moral support from all over the world. On Friday, Kristi Ouimet asked followers on her Facebook page to write where they are from. She received 484 responses from all over California, 26 other states and five other countries -- Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, England (from a mother of a boy who has primary hyperoxaluria Type 2) and Spain.
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