Posted on: 15/09/2018


The first state-run facility in Maharastra to transplant liver - Sassoon Hospital

PUNE: The Sassoon hospital has become the first state-run healthcare facility in the state to have successfully carried out a cadaver liver transplant.

This gave a new lease of life to a 58-year-old primary teacher suffering from end-stage liver condition since 2015. “Our hospital is the first state-run facility in Maharashtra to have successfully carried out the cadaver liver transplant on a 58-year-old man,” hospital’s dean spine surgeon Ajay Chandanwale told TOI.

First liver transplant at Sassoon hospitalMumbai’s KEM hospital had earlier carried out a liver transplant surgery. However, being run by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, it comes under the civic-run category, Chandawale added.

The recipient is from Tarali village in Patan taluka (Ahmednagar district). His son Sagar said, “We had approached private hospitals for the liver transplant, but the expenses quoted by them ranged between Rs 22 lakh and Rs 25 lakh, which were beyond our means. We are grateful to the Sassoon hospital’s doctors and the donor’s family.”

The transplant could take place after the wife of the 37-year-old brain-dead man donated his vital organs, including his liver, at Ashwini hospital in Solapur on August 22. The donor, a resident of village Naladurg (Osmanabad district), had met with an accident on August 19 and was declared brain-dead on August 21.

As per the norms of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), the man’s liver was allocated to the Sassoon hospital. “Our doctors reached Ashwini hospital to retrieve the liver. The harvested organ was brought to Pune in an ambulance via green corridor,” Chandanwale said.

The liver was successfully transplanted into the recipient the same evening. “The post-transplant care was a mammoth task. We had planned meticulous care to protect the recipient from any hospital-acquired infection. Even the entire passage and corridor, through which the recipient was taken on a wheel chair for crucial tests after the transplant, was cleaned and disinfected,” Chandanwale said. 

The team of doctors who were part of the procedure included transplant surgeons Kamlesh Bokil, Santosh Thorat, Kiran Jadhav, Vandana Dube, transplant physician Sheetal Dhadphale, anaesthetists Vidya Kelkar, Surekha Shinde, Yogesh Gawali, physician Shashikala Sangle, forensic expert and medical superintendent Ajay Taware.

They were ably supported by matron Rajashree Korje, nurses Dharna Jagtap, Swati Doiphode, Tarika Raut, Anita Dhindhal and Sunita Ahire. Medical social workers Arjun Rathod and Sandeep Kharat.

Forensic science expert Harish Tatitya coordinated the efforts and logistics, while Ruby Hall Clinic provided the technical assistance.


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