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Kolkata: Deceased liver recipient goes home after successful transplant surgery

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A 62-year-old man who had undergone a deceased donor liver transplant surgery at Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) on August 25 has been discharged from the hospital. This was hospital’s first deceased donor liver transplant after it got the licence from the state health department.

The Barrackpore resident who was suffering from chronic liver disease for more than two years had been getting treated at RTIICS. On August 25, the family of 61-year Shelly Dey who died at Medica Superspecialty Hospital decided to donate her organs, ROTTO allocated the liver to RTIICS. Doctors then found a matching recipient in the Barrackpore resident.

“We have conducted a heart transplant and multiple deceased donor kidney transplants in the past. However, this was our first successful liver transplant marking RTIICS as one of the only multi-organ transplant centers in Eastern India,” said Dr Sandip Pal, of the liver transplant unit at RTIICS.

Currently West Bengal has five hospitals that have got liver transplant license. Apart from the state run SSKM Hospital, the first to have this facility, the other four are private hospitals – Apollo Gleneagles, Medica Superspecialty, RTIICS and CMRI, the latest one.

With deceased organ donation making a mark in the state, more hospitals are applying for license for organ transplant surgeries. 2018 had seen a surge in organ donation with a record 15 donations. There has been only nine donations this year. But those in the organ donation movement are hopeful the figure to cross 15 this year.


Source: Times of India

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