Techie first to get intestine transplant

Doctors at a private hospital in Gurgaon on Friday claimed to have successfully performed the country's first intestine transplant on a 30-year-old software engineer.

Managing director of Medanta Medicity Dr Naresh Trehan said the patient, Himanshu, had a successful intestine transplant on November 24. A team of 30 doctors, led by transplant surgeon A S Soin, performed the 10-hour surgery. He is fit to be discharged in a couple of days, doctors said.

Dr A S Soin said Himanshu suffered severe abdominal pain in 2009. He underwent an emergency laparotomy at a city hospital in which the surgeons found thrombosis (blockage) of the main vein of his intestine resulting in loss of blood supply to his intestine.

"Consequently, 95 per cent of his small intestine had to be removed. He could not digest anything normally after that and he was put on intravenous nutrition," Soin said.

Doctors evaluated and counselled Himanshu to undergo an intestine transplant and put him on the waiting list. After a wait of three years, a match was found on November 24 and the transplant was done. During the three years, Himanshu suffered several episodes of life-threatening infections and was hospitalised 11 times. He underwent six minor surgeries to place or change feeding tubes in his veins, Dr Soin said.

About two weeks after the surgery, Himanshu began eating again. "I had to re-learn how to eat normally. Even the khichdi given to me tasted divine," Himanshu said.

Decision to shift gangrape victim was right: Trehan

New Delhi: Managing Director of Medanta Medicity Dr Naresh Trehan, who had checked the 23-year-old gangrape victim before she was taken to Singapore, defended the decision to shift her saying it was done only to stablise her condition and not for an immediate intestine transplant."Doctors at Safdarjung treated her the best possible way. She had lost her intestine and everyone was praying that one day she will be ready as a candidate for an intestinal transplant. Transplant is a long journey. If someone asks, "was the girl alive when she was transported", the answer is yes," he said.

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