Times of India
28 May 2010
Dedicated Centre Inaugurated
Cadaver liver transplant has been a life–saver for many a terminally–ill liver patient. On Thursday, BGS Global Hospital launched a dedicated centre for cancer of liver and pancreas. Police commissioner Shankar Bidari, vice–chairman of BGS Global Hospital Dr N K Venkataramana, chairman and managing director Dr K Ravindranath participated in the inaugural function.
Chief transplant surgeon Dr Mohamed Rela said: “Liver transplant can transform lives. In seven months, we have performed 52 liver transplantations in Chennai and three in Bangalore. The transplantation costs Rs 18 to 20 lakh. Obesity is one of the main causes of liver disease and cancers related to liver.” Free checkup and consultation are being offered for 15 days for those with liver and pancreatic disorder. Recently, three successful liver surgeries were performed at BGS Global Hospital.
Fresh Lease of Life
C V Ramachandran, 54, was suffering from rare metastatic liver disease, with a rectal neuro endocrine tumour weighing around 6.5 kg. He was treated with cadaver liver transplantation.
The disease being asymptomatic was not detected at an early stage. Fortunately, during a routine health check–up in 2007, the tumour was detected and Ramachandran was put on medication. But, last year with complete liver failure, his condition deteriorated. Liver transplantation was the only option left. Ramachandran registered with cadaver donor organizations in Chennai and Bangalore. Last March, he underwent cadaver liver transplantation at BGS Global Hospital. Today, two months after surgery, Ramachandran is all prepared to resume work.
Rajneesh Tiwari, 44, from Hyderabad was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis five years ago. After waiting for almost one year for a cadaver, he underwent a transplantation.
Shekaraiah from Tumkur suffered from multiple complications like hepatitis B, liver cancer and cirrhosis. A fortnight ago, the 43–year–old underwent cadaver liver transplantation. He suffered from symptoms of jaundice, weight loss fatigue and, due to swelling of feet, was unable to walk.