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54-year-old patient gets new life with liver transplant in Pune

On July 14, the patient suffering from liver cirrhosis was saved thanks to the Kolhapur-based youth’s liver donation, after the youth was declared brain dead at Kolhapur’s Aster Adhar Hospital, following a serious brain injury.  

pune Updated: Jul 16, 2018 15:30 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The team was led by liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon Dr Bipin Vibhute.    (AFP)

The life of a 54-year-old patient at Sahyadri super speciality hospital in Deccan has been saved by a 24-year-old youth.

On July 14, the patient suffering from liver cirrhosis was saved thanks to the Kolhapur-based youth’s liver donation, after the youth was declared brain dead at Kolhapur’s Aster Adhar Hospital, following a serious brain injury.

The liver transplant was successfully conducted at Sahyadri, where a team of doctors harvested the liver on Saturday afternoon following which, the organ was moved to Pune via a ‘green corridor’ created between Kolhapur and Pune. The team was led by liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon Dr Bipin Vibhute.

Dr Dinesh Zirpe, hepatobilliary surgeon, said, “We got information about the donor at Kolhapur and immediately our team went to Ashter Adhar in Kolhapur to harvest the liver. The green corridor with the help of traffic police ensured quick passage and the liver reached Pune in three hours. The liver was successfully transplanted into the 54-year old patient from Bhosari.”

“The patient had a swelling on both his kidneys and required an urgent liver transplant. The kind and noble act of the relatives of the donor and the swift team work at our department ensured that the patient got a new lease of life,” he added.

In addition to Dr Vibhute and Dr Zirpe, the team of doctors included Dr Aniruddha Bhosale, transplant anaesthetist; Dr Manish Pathak; Dr Manoj Raut , clinician; Dr Abhijeet Mane; transplant coordinators Rahul Tambe and Arun Ashokan; and medical social worker Sharmila Padhye.

“It is indeed heartening to see the increase in awareness for organ donation. There is still a huge gap between the number of patients waiting for organs and donors, which needs to be filled. This is one such successful attempt towards it,” said a Sahyadri hospital statement.

First Published: Jul 16, 2018 15:22 IST