PUNE: The Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) carried out its first liver transplant on August 21. It is also the first such surgery in a state government medical college-affiliated government hospital.
The recipient was a 58-year-old man, who is a retired primary teacher from Tarale village in Satara district. He was suffering from liver cirrhosis since three years. He had been enlisted in the waiting list for organ transplantation. After the due procedures, he underwent successful liver transplantation at the SGH.
Liver performs many important functions such as metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Liver synthesises albumin and clotting factors. It is the central metabolic organ as well as largest immunological organ of the body. So, liver transplant is a challenging surgery. So, post-operative care of patient is equally important.
Speaking to the media on Monday, SGH Dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale said government institutes are now at par with many private institutions and has shown a ray of hope to many poor and needy patients, who cannot afford expensive treatment at private hospitals.
“Secondly, successful spreading of awareness has shown positive approach of relatives while dealing with organ donation. Hence, we were able to perform nine successful kidney transplants last year. This will help change the image of government hospitals in the near future and will help to provide quality health care services to the poor and needy,” said Dr Chandanwale.
The team of doctors which performed the transplantation from included Dr Kamlesh Bokil, Dr Santosh Thorat and matron Rajshree Korke. A team of doctors from Ruby Hall Clinic, along with Nurse Dharna Jagtap from SGH, went to a Solapur-based private hospital for the liver retrieval from a brain dead patient.
The Ruby Hall Clinic provided the technical assistance. The team consisted of Dr Shital Dhadphale, Dr Shashikala Sangle, Dr Vandana Dube, Dr Kiran Jadhav, Dr Ajay Taware, anaesthesia team of Dr Vidya Kelkar, Dr Surekha Shinde, Dr Yogesh Gawali and Dr Harish Tatiya, along with the hospital staff.