Man donates part of liver to wife

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 14 October 2018

The patient was suffering from jaundice for two weeks

Pune: A 25-year-old woman from Jalgaon was in a critical condition and was admitted to Jupiter Hospital in the city. The patient was suffering from jaundice and was being treated at a local hospital, after which her condition deteriorated and she needed a liver transplant. Her saviour was her husband who donated a part of his liver to save her life.

Dr Rishikesh Choudhari, a Gastroenterologist from Jalgaon, made the timely diagnosis of liver failure and advised that the patient must undergo an immediate transplant. On the same evening, the patient was transferred to Jupiter Hospital in Pune in a critical condition, where she was stabilised and her family was counselled about the quick transplant procedure. 

Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon at Jupiter Hospital Dr Gaurav Chaubal said that the suspicious mind and timely referral of the doctor was a big help to save the patient’s life, as she was suffering from acute viral hepatitis for two weeks, which could have cost her life.

“The liver has the capacity to re-grow within ‘eight to ten’ weeks when a part of the liver is removed also and the transplanted partial liver has the same capacity to grow in the recipients,” said Dr Gaurav Chaubal.

He further added that the husband was the potential donor and within three days, the donor and patient underwent all the tests and a timely transplant was done. The patient had a good recovery and went home in a week. 

The team of surgeons, who performed the transplant, were Dr Gaurav Chaubal, Dr Somnath Chattopadhyay, Dr Sharan Narute, Dr Aditya Nanavati, Hepatologists Dr Parijat Gupte, Dr Pavan Hanchanale and Intensivists Dr Sanjay Walke and Dr Jayant Shelgaonkar. 

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