With 520 liver transplants under its belt, the liver transplant unit of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) is South Asia’s first centre to successfully complete more than 500 live donor liver transplants.
The hospital conducts about 15 transplants a month,
making it the world’s second largest live donor liver transplant programme.
The hospital has a success rate of about 95 per cent, which is among the highest globally.
“The hospital is proud to have spearheaded the development of this complex specialty in India. Our team has introduced many innovations that are now followed world over,” said Dr BK Rao, chairman, SRGH.
The results of transplant are particularly dramatic in a patient suffering from acute liver failure.
“To handle cases of acute liver failure is the most challenging of them all, as it can kill a person within a week, not giving doctors enough time to work on the case,” said Dr AK Soin, chairman, liver transplant unit, Sir Ganga Ram.
“We have a 100 per cent success rate in this department. Paediatric transplants anyway are less than 10 per cent of total transplants,” said Dr Neelam Mohan, chief paediatric hepatologist. “People are still skeptical about spending money on children,” he added.
According to rough estimates, India requires an annual organ transplant of about 20,000, whereas only 500 transplants take place every year.