Liver transplant performed on Pak man

Fortis Hospital, Mohali successfully conducted a liver transplant on a 42-year-old Pakistani patient Anwar Ali from a living donor, his 20-year-old son, Adeel Shah.

The intricate and complicated surgery was conducted by a team led by Dr Subba Rao V Kanchustambam, Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon and Director, Centre for Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Services, of the hospital.

According to Dr Subba Rao, "Anwar Ali came in a very critical state to Fortis Hospital in September 2012 for a possible liver transplant. Earlier, in 2006, he had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and had been undergoing treatment in Pakistan for repeated infections (Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis). As a Liver Transplant is a major procedure, both Anwar Ali and Adeel Shah were thoroughly investigated to check their fitness for transplant. After getting complete tests done and permissions from the Authorizing Committee, the transplant was done in a very intricate surgery on October 9, 2012."

Talking about the post-operative recovery of the both Anwar Ali and Adeel Shah, Dr Rao said, "Both of them recovered well and while Adeel Shah was discharged 8 days after the transplant, Anwar Ali was up and about within 24 hours and was discharged on the 21st day. We asked him to stay back for a few more days for post-operative care and were able to successfully treat an infection he developed a few days after."

"As the immune system of the body is very low after such a surgery, infections are common amongst patients and hence it is very important that immediate medical care of the highest standards is provided to them immediately," added Dr Rao.

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