Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals announced the successful completion of 500 Liver Transplants in Pakistani patients, in a press meet organized today in the capital. With a success rate of over 90%, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals created a milestone by becoming the first hospital in the country to reach the 500 mark for patients from a single foreign country. Pakistani patients constitute 29 percent of the liver transplant performed at Apollo Hospitals Delhi.
The Press Conference was addressed by Prof Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospitals, Prof Subash Gupta, Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals and the family of the 500th patient from Pakistan.
Addressing the press meet, Prof Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospitals Delhi said, “We are delighted that we have been able to touch so many lives from across the border. From the time we performed the first successful liver transplant in India in 1998, the Apollo Transplant Program has performed 1700 liver transplants in children and adults. Our experience with so many Pakistani patients and their families has taught us so much about Pakistani culture and the similarities between our societies. Last year, the Apollo Transplant Program performed 1456 (390 liver, 1066 kidney) transplants in patients from 23 countries and for the second year remained the busiest solid organ transplant program in the world. Our first recipient remains well 15 years post liver transplant.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Subash Gupta, Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals Delhi said, “It is a proud moment for us to have completed 500 cases. We feel a sense of accomplishment by the faith and courage shown by our patients, who have travelled such long distances for a liver transplant. It will be our endeavor to further help people from across the border to have access to quality and cost effective transplantation at our centre, which is today the world’s busiest for solid organ transplants.”
During the conference, Prof Sibal and Prof. Gupta shared their experience of looking after the 500th Pakistani patient. Nalain Aziz was born in Lahore on 26th April 2012 in Lahore. He developed jaundice on day 7 of life. He was diagnosed to have extra hepatic biliary atresia. Biliary atresia is a condition where there is no connection between the liver and intestine which is seen in 1 in 10,000 babies. Babies with this condition develop progressive jaundice and need to undergo a surgery called Kasai’s operation. He underwent a Kasai portoenterostomy in July 2012 when he was about 2.5 months of age. There was no resolution of jaundice after the surgery and he gradually developed progressive abdominal distension (swelling) by 1 year of age. He had been hospitalized in Pakistan on multiple times. The jaundice worsened and he also had bleeding from the swollen veins in his food pipe. He was referred for a liver transplant which is the only treatment for liver failure.
On admission, he had deep jaundice and features of end stage liver failure. He was detected to have a urinary tract infection that was treated and thereafter he was taken up for a liver transplant after detailed assessments.
His blood group, O+, matched with that of his mother who became his liver donor. Both mother and son recovered well. He underwent the transplant on 12/3/14 and was discharged on 1/4/14. Nalain’s liver function tests are normal and he is ready to go back to Lahore to celebrate his 2nd birthday.