Little Louie awaits results of father's liver tests

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 July, 2006, 12:00am

Doctors were awaiting test results yesterday to help them decide whether the father of seven-year-old Filipino boy Louie Perez is a suitable donor for Louie's life-saving liver transplant.

Louie spent a quiet day with his parents at a shelter yesterday as they waited for results of the liver biopsy on his father, Ernanie Perez, 27, the preferred donor.

Mr Perez's suitability as a donor was called into question after a CT scan showed he had a fatty liver.

Queen Mary Hospital surgeons did a liver biopsy on Wednesday and the results were expected late yesterday.

'If the liver is small then even a mild degree of fatty change will have a serious consequence,' said Lo Chung-mau, professor and chair of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at the University of Hong Kong.

'If the liver is good-sized, probably a 20 per cent fatty change might be acceptable. We will ask the radiologist to give us the volume of the liver.'

Surgeons had tried to do the biopsy on Monday morning but abandoned the procedure when it encountered problems.

Meanwhile, 19 SCMP readers have donated another $87,704 to the Louie Perez fund. The collection reached $561,704 by yesterday - a week after the Post reported that Louie and his parents were trying to raise a shortfall of $300,000 for Louie's liver transplant.

Of the amount, $271,400 has already been deposited to the boy's account at Queen Mary. Together with donations raised through collection boxes in the Philippines over the past two years, and donations from a US-based foundation and the Philippine Charities Sweepstakes, the transplant deposit at the hospital exceeded the $1 million required by some $105,000 by last Monday.