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Doctors perform first combined liver-kidney transplant at Chandigarh’s PGIMER

A 12-member team, including surgeons, residents, transplant coordinators, technical and nursing staff, conducted the surgery over a gruelling 10 hours.

punjab Updated: Feb 04, 2018 22:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Saturday performed the premier institute’s first combined liver-kidney transplantation (CLKT) on a terminally ill patient suffering from end-stage liver and renal failure.

The organs were procured from a young girl, who was admitted to a Ludhiana hospital with severe brain injuries after an accident on January 24. The girl, who lived in Ludhiana with her parents, who are Bihar natives, was later referred to PGIMER, where she was declared brain dead.

After her family decided to donate her organs, her liver and a kidney were transplanted simultaneously into the 40-year-old male patient. The second kidney was donated to another patient in the same hospital.

As the young girl’s heart did not find a matching recipient here, it was taken to the Chandigarh International Airport through a green corridor on Saturday, and sent to Delhi through a chartered flight for a waiting donee at a private hospital.

Three critically ill patients were thus able to get a fresh chance at survival.

Dr Jagat Ram, director, PGIMER said, “Team PGIMER has done it again. It has performed its first CLKT, one of the most complex and demanding organ transplantations.”

“PGIMER has so far been successfully conducting heart, kidney, pancreas, liver and cornea transplants. With Saturday’s initiative, PGIMER has forayed into CLKT, which will further contribute to saving more precious lives,” he said.

A 12-member team, including surgeons, residents, transplant coordinators, technical and nursing staff, conducted the surgery.

Dr RK Dhiman, head, hepatology department, PGIMER, said, “It was a sequential transplant where the liver was replaced first, which took around 10 hours, followed by the kidney transplant. The surgery began around 5am on Saturday and lasted till night.”

He said the procedure cost around ₹10 lakh at the PGIMER, around one-fourth of the price charged by private hospitals.

“The accomplishment was made possible because of the generous gesture of the braveheart donor family of a young girl from Bihar, who was declared brain dead by the Brain Death Certification Committee on February 2,” PGIMER officials said.

“Words cannot describe the selfless gesture of the donor family. Due to their decision, the donor family has given a new lease of life to three terminally ill patients,” Prof Anil K Gupta, medical superintendent, PGIMER, said.

First Published: Feb 04, 2018 22:12 IST