A first in Liver Transplant in India – Networking works well

by Medindia Content Team on  January 18, 2006 at 7:38 PM Indian Health News
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A first in Liver Transplant in India – Networking works well
A 30 year old was declared brain dead in a hospital in Hyderabad. The family was very motivated to donate all the organs of their loved one. MOHAN (Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network) Foundation's counselors were called in and they provided the family with emotional support while the formalities were being undertaken. It was late evening before all the formalities could be completed.

The donor belonged to A positive blood group, however there were no liver or heart failure patients of that blood group waiting for a transplant in Hyderabad. The Indian Network of Organ Sharing of MOHAN Foundation swung into action. The ethos of the Foundation for the past many years has been 'Organs should not be wasted and treated like national resource'. Five organs - Pair of kidneys and corneas along with liver donation was late in night or in early hours of morning. The kidney was planned to be shared between two hospitals as were the corneas. The difficulty was in getting the liver to be used locally.

A doctor from Kerala - had listed himself with Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi for a possible liver transplant and desperately required the surgery. The logistic of liver being retrieved and sent to Delhi was proving to be difficult, hence an alternative strategy was worked out. Both the Liver failure doctor from Kerala and his Surgeon from Delhi were asked to fly into Hyderabad. The advantage of the strategy was it saved at least Rs.180,000 for a chartered flight and it also made the ischemia time the minimum possible.

In India a liver transplant surgery can be done within Rs.10 to 15 Lakhs. The problem has been a lack of organ donors. MOHAN Foundation has its network spread in three to four states and also maintains a time sensitive waiting list of patients in its network who require a transplant. It is one of the few such organization in the country and has made it possible to share over 300 kidneys, liver, heart and corneas between different hospitals in the last 4 to 5 years. It has a computerized registry and has recently been given 100% tax exemption on all donations for such networking activities in different cities. Its counselors are confident that with some awareness on the media about the benefits of organ donation especially after brain death and putting resources into creating effective networking the shortage of organs in India can be overcome.


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HOW CAN I GET A CADAVERIC LIVER FOR MY BROTHER PLEASE HELP HE NEED A TRANSPLANT ANJALI

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I can Help with urgent transplants
i am undergoing a liver transplant in colombia myself right now im from canada. In north america the waiting list is huge and here im about to go into transplant everyday now i can help people that are in urgent need of transplants liver or heart.

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A loved one needs a liver transplant urgently. She has liver cancer,lives in the U.S but the wait for a liver is long. We're interested in liver transplant out side of the U.S. Even if we have to go far off like India. Any orientation and information, highly appreciated thanks

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I have a friend who is in urgent need of a liver transplant. His doctor has told him, he has only 6 months to live, unfortunately he is not eligible for a transplant in western australia, as he has hep 'c' and he has no health insurance to pay for it. He has been in contact with Global Health Tours and Med Assist where they do liver transplant in India. The price is out of his reach. He is hoping he can have it done in the eastern states of australia. Does any one know who he can contact or how he can find some information on getting this liver transplant urgently.

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Judy Cunningham

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