Chennai based Stanley Medical
College and Hospital is the only government hospital in India to perform
successful liver transplants. On Wednesday they celebrated the second
anniversary of Stanley's first successful liver transplant. In the past 2years
20 liver transplants have been carried out at the hospital. Beneficiaries of
these transplants have been patients from the working class who could have
otherwise never been able to afford the expenses of the operation as liver
transplant is among the most expensive surgical procedures which cost between
Rs. 30-35 lakh.
The success rate of these
transplants is also remarkable with 15 out of the 20 liver transplant patients
being alive and healthy. The duration of the operation has also been brought
down to 8 hours from 18 hours time that was required in 2009. Head of the institute
for surgical gastroenterology Dr. R. Surendran has credited the 75% success
rate of liver transplants to the combined efforts of technicians, doctors,
nurses and other hospital staff.
The hospital has been successful in
getting down the rate of infections by 80%. Hospital authorities make it a
point to disinfect the operation theatre and ward before each transplant. There
has been increased awareness about organ transplants among the common people with
more number of people coming forward to donate the organs of their loved ones
after their death.