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Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals completes cadaver liver transplant successfully

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Kolkata, July 27: Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, the leader in the provision of cutting-edge medical services in Eastern India, has announced the successful completion of a cadaver liver transplant at its state-of-the-art Institute of Gastrosciences.

The donor, 53-year-old Samar Chakraborty, had been brought to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, on Tuesday, July 26, where he was declared ‘brain dead’ by a panel comprising of doctors from the hospital and the Department of Health, Government of West Bengal, a press communique issued by the hospital stated.

Chakraborty’s family agreed to multi-organ donation and after the completion of the necessary formalities his liver and corneas were harvested for transplantation.

Under the guidance of Dr Mahesh Kumar Goenka, gastro enterologist and director, Institute of Gastrosciences, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, and his team, the liver was transplanted to 46-year-old Madhuri Saha, a patient suffering from several liver ailments who had been advised to undergo a transplant at the earliest.

Dr Goenka observed, “We have successfully harvested and transplanted the liver through a surgical procedure that took about 10 hours. The recipient is doing fine till now, and would need to remain under observation and treatment for about a fortnight before we can confirm the prognosis. If the results are found to be as expected, this will be the first instance of a successful cadaver liver transplant in entire eastern India.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rupali Basu, president and CEO ER, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, observed, “As the pioneers of world-class medical services in this part of the country, we feel proud at the achievement of our team of doctors, and are confident of their success.

We are also grateful for the prompt support extended by the different government departments in facilitating and expediting this process, and would honor and salute the social-responsibility and courage exhibited by the late Chakraborty’s family. We hope that their decision would inspire more families to come ahead and undertake this noble initiative.”

A team of eye surgeons from Disha Eye Hospital have retrieved the donor’s corneas at about 3 a.m. on July 27, and the details of the recipients will be communicated by them to the relevant government authorities.

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