Professor Elie Keli hailed as a pioneer in the field after the first liver transplant performed in Côte d'Ivoire

Professor Keli: Head of the Digestive and Endocrine Surgery Department at University Hospital Treichville - Côte d'Ivoire

Professor Keli Elie, head of the Department of Digestive and Endocrine Surgery at the University Hospital of Treichville (Abidjan), revealed the good news of this major surgery to the Nation on December 28, 2021, during a press briefing at the Ministry of Health, with WHO Representatives in attendance.

It is a first in the sub-region with support from WHO. Thus, Côte d'Ivoire becomes the 3rd African country after Egypt and South Africa to successfully perform the surgery.

A liver transplant is an operation that replaces a patient's diseased liver with a whole or partial healthy liver from another person.

The Ivorian team trained from 2006 to 2019 in Pittsburgh (USA), Paris (France) and Cairo (Egypt), with the financial support of the World Health Organization and in conjunction with an Egyptian team of eight professors with a record of 3 weekly liver transplants since 2003 for a sum of more than 1,500 liver transplants performed to date.

" Both The 60 years old patient and the donor are doing very well. We can say at this stage that everything went well," assured Professor Keli Elie.