Pune’s Sassoon hospital becomes state’s first government hospital to perform liver transplant

Affordable treatment: The recipient, a government school teacher, was unable to afford the high cost of surgery in any private hospital and chose to get admitted in Sassoon hospital

pune Updated: Sep 04, 2018 17:15 IST
Nozia Sayyed
Nozia Sayyed
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean, Sassoon general hospital (left) and recipient’s relative, addressing a press conference on Monday. (HT PHOTO )

In a first among the 19 government-run hospitals under the medical education ministry in Maharashtra, Pune’s Sassoon general hospital has become the first to successfully carry out a liver transplant surgery.

The operation conducted on August 22 was performed by Ruby Hall hospital’s team led by Dr Sheetal Dhadphale, who is also the incharge of the Sassoon hospital liver transplant unit.

The recipient, a government school teacher, was unable to afford the high cost of surgery in any private hospital and chose to get admitted in Sassoon hospital.

Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean, Sassoon general hospital said, “The recipient, a 58-year-old resident of Tarale village in Satara chose Sassoon for his surgery because the treatment cost was high in private hospitals. The successful surgery was conducted on August 22. It’s the first liver transplant surgery here.”

While the average cost of liver transplant at private hospital ranges between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh, it is far lesser at Sassoon hospital, said doctors while refusing to share exact expenditure details.

The hospital which started performing kidney transplant surgeries since 2017 now has more than seven patients on the waiting list to get a liver transplant surgery done, said Dr Dhadphale, adding that the recipient was suffering from liver cirrhosis for the past three years and was extremely unwell.

“The life-saving intervention was carried out by a team of experts at Sassoon. It was done through a cadaver donation and the organ was brought from Solapur’s Ashwin hospital, which is a private hospital,” she said, adding that it is the first time that there was such coordination between a government and a privately-run hospital “when it came to organ transplant and donation”.

The patient received the liver as per the guidelines and the waiting list of the zonal transplant coordination committee (ztcc), said Dr Dhadphale.

On expenses and the waiting list of seven more patients for liver transplant, she said, “ There is definitely a difference in expenditure when it comes to carry out transplants in government hospitals compared to private but not everything is free.”

The team of doctors who assisted Dr Dhadphale in the surgery, included Dr Kamlesh Bokil, Dr Santosh Thorat and Dharna Jagtap.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 17:15 IST