Rare dual lobe liver surgery gives new lease of life to Mongolian man
A team of doctors performed the rare dual lobe liver transplant on an overweight patient, where parts of livers from two donors were grafted in to the recipient’s body.gurgaon Updated: Feb 13, 2017 11:40 IST
A team of doctors performed the rare dual lobe liver transplant on an overweight patient, where parts of livers from two donors were grafted in to the recipient’s body.
The 38-year-old patient, Purevsuren Dorj, a Mongolian national, had been suffering from constant stomach pain. In June 2016, the doctors diagnosed a liver ailment. Dorj was recommended to undergo a surgery in October, which was finally realised this month.
However, doctors came across a road block when it came to a normal liver transplant surgery. Dorj’s excess weight posed the problem. He weighed 130 kilogram, which was why liver from just one donor proved insufficient.
However, the issue was resolved when Dorj’s two brothers, aged 31 and 35, agreed to donate a part of their livers to their brother. Doctors from the liver transplant department of Jaypee Hospital in Noida Sector 128 took around 16 hours to conduct the life-saving surgery.
“His brothers agreed to donate a part of their livers to the patient, which solved the issue. Dual lobe liver transplant is a very rare kind of surgery, where liver two donors is transplanted in one recipient. In normal cases, only one donor would be enough. But if the recipient is overweight or sized huge, liver from single donor becomes insufficient to perform the normal body functions,” explained Dr Abhideep Chaudhary, senior liver transplant surgeon.
“In dual lobe liver transplant, three surgeries are performed simultaneously, which poses extreme complexities and challenges,” Dr Chaudhary said.
Meanwhile, Dorj thanked the team of doctors and his brothers for giving him a new lease of life.
“Prior to the surgery, my life was miserable because of the liver failure. When Dr Chaudhary informed me that I will need two donors for the transplant, I was tensed as I hadn’t heard of anything like that before. But he explained to me how it will be done and assured that I could lead a normal life post surgery. It boosted my courage to undergo the transplant. Both my brothers donated their livers, so that I could lead a normal life. All thanks to the doctors and my brothers, I am back to my normal life today,” he said.