World-famous liver specialist and a Guinness World Record holder Prof. Mohamed Rela has given a new lease of life to a 49-year-old Pune woman Gunwanti Gundesha by performing one of the most complicated liver transplant surgeries successfully. Gunwanti Gundesha was rushed to the Global Hospital at Parel a month ago on May 29 in a comatose state with complete liver failure. She was emergently placed on a ventilator, and various tests were conducted which confirmed irreparable damage caused to her liver and her critical condition. The woman's family was informed that an emergent liver transplantation was the only available option to save her. The cost of a liver transplant is more than 25 lakhs in a private hospital, and the clearance procedure is cumbersome and extends up to 7 to 8 days. Luckily, in Gunwati Gundesha's case, all procedures were carried out in a proactive way by the government. Though both of her sons volunteered to donate their liver to their mother, doctors chose the 24-year-old younger son Dhiraj Gundesha since he was found more suitable based on a series of tests conducted. Dr Hemant Vadeyar, liver transplant surgeon at Parel's Global hospital said, "Fortunately, the donor's blood group matched with the patient and there were no other health complications, so we decided to go ahead with the operation." He also added, "Since there was no time to waste... the twin surgeries had to be performed that night (May 29) — one each on the son and his mother, even as Prof. Rela was en route from Chennai." In a split liver transplant surgery performed on the virtually dying woman lasting 12 hours, her damaged liver was removed completely, and a lobe of Dhiraj's liver was implanted in her. Post surgery, both mother and son underwent postoperative care at the hospital and were eventually discharged on June 16. They have been advised a 2-month complete rest with all precautions. Doctors have reassured that the liver would regrow to its original size within a few months in both the donor and the recipient and that they would enjoy a normal, healthy life. The woman was suffering from jaundice a few days before surgery, and the counter reaction between some Ayurvedic medicines and allopathic medicines taken by her for jaundice had precipitated the liver failure. Source: Medindia << Curry Spices Lower Hypertension in Rats, Say Researchers One-tenth of Adult Deaths Due to Excessive Drinking: US >> Recommended Reading Survivors of Childhood Liver Transplant at Risk of Becoming Skinny Fat: Study The survivors of childhood liver transplant remain nutritionally compromised over the long-term, reports new research. READ MORE Urine Test may Help Detect Alcohol Use in Liver Transplant Candidates Urinary ethyl glucuronide (uEtG) may accurately detect alcohol consumption in liver transplant candidates, a new research has found READ MORE Liver Transplant Recipient Survival Not Affected by Pre-Transplant Low Sodium Levels Low sodium levels or hyponatremia, prior to transplantation does not seem to increase the risk of death following liver transplant, report researchers. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia The Essence of Yoga Drug Side Effects Calculator Blood Donation - Recipients More News on: Hepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?