The third liver transplant centre of MP and Indore’s first, Choithram hospital was finally awarded the permission to carry out Choithram hospital in the city.
The permission was granted after a team of 12 experts visited the hospital inspecting the premises and the facilities. This team had submitted a report to the dean of MGM medical college on Friday.
“The permission has been granted owing to the facilities the premises had to offer. They were quite confident with carrying out the entire transplant and assured us that they will perform the operation even if a death happens in the next 24 hours,” said Dr Sanjay Dixit, vice-dean MGM medical college.
As per the norms, Choithram hospital had given an undertaking to MGM medical college stating that the first ten transplants will be carried out in the centre under the guidance of experts from their mentor hospital only. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between Choithram hospital and a hospital in Delhi.
Moreover, with the set up of this transplant centre in Choithram hospital, the series of cadaver organ donation which keep happening in the city will also be used for patients in Indore. At present, these organs were either sent to Delhi or Mumbai. In a first-of-its-kind incident, a liver of a brain-dead man in Indore was transplanted on another patient in Bhopal. It was the first liver transplant in the state.
“We have directed Choithram hospital to start preparing a waiting list as only then can we refer them during a cadaver organ donation. They have assured us that they will begin this in a week’s time,” said Dr Dixit.
Meanwhile, talks are also strong that Medanta hospital, which is offering a heart transplant, will begin this service by December. The hospital was not being considered by the Indore Organ Donation Society owing to absence of a waiting list.