First-ever liver transplant in Eastern India
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25 April 2009
For the first time in the eastern part of the country, a liver transplant has been successfully performed at the state–run SSKM hospital here on an infant whose father donated the vital organ for her.
The marathon 12–hour surgery was done yesterday on seven–month–old baby girl Roushan whose father Rajab Ali, a mason from Burdwan district, donated his liver to save the child born without any bile duct, Abhijit Roychowdhury of the School of Digestive and Liver diseases, said.
Roushan and Rajab are recuperating and under close observation, the doctor said.
Stating that this is the first time such an operation has been performed in eastern India, the doctor said the child’s infected liver, which might have proven fatal in the long run, was dissected maintaining the vascular supplies. The liver was then removed and the transplantation was carried out.
Detailing the surgical procedures, he said the area of Rajab’s liver was dissected after proper identification which was followed by securing the biliary and vascular supplies.
“We kept the dissected part in a special preservative for implantation,” the doctor said.
“The transplant has been highly successful, though the child will be kept under close observation for next 10 days for adjustment,” RoyChowdhury said.
Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee has complimented the team of doctors at the SSKM hospital for the feat.
The surgery was assisted by transplant surgeons of Appolo hospital, New Delhi, hospital sources said.