BHOPAL: The first liver transplant patient of Madhya Pradesh was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. Liver transplant surgery was performed on him on November 18. In a press conference Dr AS Soin, Chairman, Medanta Liver Transplant Institute, Gurgaon said that the patient’s condition is absolutely fine and she can go home. He said, “The joint effort of Medanta and Siddhanta Red Cross have proved successful and both the hospitals have joined hands to conduct liver transplants in Madhya Pradesh.
The need of liver transplants is 30,000 and only 1500 transplants are possible in a year. We need more motivated donors for transplants”. Dr Amit Rastogi, senior surgeon Medanta, who led the team of liver transplant said, “the biggest challenge was to transport liver from Indore and transplant it within 8 hours”. Upmanyu Trivedi, Director, Siddhanta Red Cross Hospital and Dr Subodh Varshey jointly requested the Madhya Pradesh government to support liver transplant. “Like kidney transplant, the state government should include liver transplant too in its accredited list. We have not received any help from government for the operation expenses. The chartered plane was given for transporting the liver by MP Flying club without any charge. There is no direct connectivity and government planes should be given for such critical operations”, said Upmanyu Trivedi. He also said that government just announces programs and schemes but there is nothing on ground level. NHM director KL Sahu was also present at the press conference.