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Liver patients get a new lease of life at Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital

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(Centre) Dr AS Soin, Director and Chief Surgeon of Jaslok Medanta Liver Transplant Programme.

Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital, which pioneered liver transplantation in the country in the 1990s, has given a new lease of life to four patients, including a two-year-old child suffering from liver cancer (Hepatoblastoma) and a women with sudden, drug-induced acute liver failure, by successfully conducting liver transplantions on them.

The team of doctors was led by Dr AS Soin, Director and Chief Surgeon of Jaslok Medanta Liver Transplant Programme, who has more than 2,500 liver transplants under his belt.

Speaking on the case of the two-year-old boy from Mumbai, he said: “His transplant was challenging not only because his body had been weakened by the cancer and the chemotherapy, but also due to his previous liver surgery.”

“This resulted in bowel and liver getting matted together, making the separation of the cancerous liver and its blood vessels very difficult during the operation. His father who donated 30% of his liver, proved a good match for his son’s transplant,” he added.

Hepatoblastoma is a rare type of cancer, which is diagnosed in less than one in a million children. The risk factors include premature birth with very low birth weight, or one side of the body growing faster than the other.

The symptoms of Hepatoblastoma include pain and swelling in abdomin, back pain, itchy skin, yellowish eyes and/or skin (jaundice), pale skin and lips (may mean anaemia), loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting and fever.

The other life saved by the Jaslok team was that of a 45-year-old woman, who was flown down from Dubai after she developed acute liver failure. Her survival without transplant were barely 10 per cent, but her husband came forward to donate 65 per cent of his liver to save her life.

Both the transplants were very complex, as per Dr Soin.

“With state-of-the-art infrastructure and the best surgeons, the hospital provides the most advanced and comprehensive transplant care in India… I would like to congratulate Dr AS Soin, and the team for successfully performing liver transplants on the both the cases,” said Dr Tarang, CEO, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre.

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