Air Marshal DP Joshi, who heads the Armed Forces Medical Services, said the R&R Hospital could undertake intestine transplants as early as next month, depending on the health ministry's clearance.
The ministry is expected to depute a team of experts to inspect the facilities at the hospital to carry out intestine transplants. If the procedure is successful, it will only be the first in the country, as the last few attempts by some private centres attempting intestinal transplants in the country have failed.
The rape victim, who was assaulted by six men in a moving bus on December 16, has had her stomach cut open twice and her small and large intestines have been removed. She is currently undergoing treatment at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, one of Asia's best centres for organ transplants, but even they are not known for any successful intestinal transplant procedures.
The armed forces had launched the Armed Forces Organ Retrieval and Transplantation Authority a few years ago to generate awareness about organ donation. Several multi-organ transplants involving liver, kidney, heart, eyes, etc have been carried out the R&R hospital over the past five years.