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First split transplant performed, one liver for two patients
Chennai | Sunday, Sep 20 2009 IST
 
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In a pioneering surgery, a private hospital in the city has performed first split transplant and auxiliary liver transplant in India.

The unique surgery, under which one cadaver liver was used to save two lives, was perfomed at the Global Hospitals by Dr Mohammed Rela, who pioneered this technique at King's College Hospital in London.

The liver was normally given to one patient. But it was split and given to two patients on September 16, heralding a new era in cadaver organ transplantation. The surgery has shown that organs could be optimally used for transplantation. Split liver Transplantation involved dividing a cadaver donor liver into two halves for transplantation of two patients as life saving procedures. Dr Mohamed Rela, a leading liver transplant surgeon in the world having performed over 1200 transplants, was at present leading the liver transplant team at Global Hospitals Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Hospital sources told UNI that the donor liver came from a young man who died in a road accident in Salem. The parents, while donating their son's organs, wanted the hospital to save as as many lives as possible.

To fulfill their wish, it was decided to use the liver for two recipients. The liver was split during the retrieval operation into a smaller left lobe for transplanting on a young girl and a larger right lobe for transplanting it on older woman with end stage liver disease. The donor procedure and the two transplant operations took over 20 hours and involved a team of six surgeons, six anaesthetists and a large number of support staff. Both recipients are recovering well from the operation.

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