Doctors perform series of transplants in 40 hours

Doctors perform series of transplants in 40 hours

In what was described as a “marathon organ transplant”, doctors at Apollo Health City here performed three complicated liver transplants and one kidney transplant, requiring seven surgeries across Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam in less than 40 hours.

In all, three donors received organs from cadaver and one from a live donor. Apollo’s liver transplant surgeon Dr Manish C Tiwari said all the surgeries were performed here and only one NRI recipient, Mahender Kumar Kar, was fixed a liver from a cadaver donor in Vizag.

“Since we do not have the facilities to bring the organ from Vizag through a special aircraft, we carried it in a commercial flight and successfully transplanted the same. The patient has fully recovered,” Dr Manish said, explaining the complex logistics involved in the transplants.
Dhyandev Warule, a farmer from Maharashtra, received part of a kidney from his engineer son Suresh.

“My father was diagnosed with liver disease when he was hospitalised with infection about six months ago. His bad liver also started to affect his kidneys, and then I decided to save my father (by donating the kidney),” Suresh said.

While Ketan Ramesh Patel from Gujarat, afflicted with fungus infection, was lucky to find a match from a cadaver donor at the nick of time, 43-year-old software engineer Kareemullah Khan, suffering from long standing renal failure, was also fitted with a kidney harvested from a brain dead donor.

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