Bhopal: State’s first liver transplantation performed in city

Ambulance covers 13kms in 11 minutes to ferry organ to hospital

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh’s first liver transplant surgery was performed at Siddhanta Red Cross Hospital in the city on Friday. The Liver reached the hospital through a ‘Green Corridor’ from the State Hanger 13 km away, in just 11 minutes.

The surgery began immediately after the organ reached the hospital at 7:46 am.  The procedure took nearly six hours. Dr Subodh Varshney, surgeon, Siddhanta Red Cross said that they would like to wait for 24 hours before commenting on the well being of the patient. “The body takes around a day to reach to transplanted organs”, he said. Besides Dr Varshney, two doctors from Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon were part of the team that performed the surgery.

Three lives were saved by Sunil Devkar of Burhanpur. The kidney of the brain dead patient was taken by a private hospital of Indore, heart by Fortis Hospital, Chennai and liver by Siddhanta Red Cross.

The operation was scheduled for Thursday but due to non availability of receiver of heart, it was rescheduled for Friday. The liver reached the city in a chartered plane and 100 police personnel, including three DSPs and five TI’s, ensured clear passage for the ambulance carrying the vital organ.

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