Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals announced the successful completion of 350 Liver Transplant cases of Pakistani patients, in a press meet organized today in the capital. With success rate of over 90%, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals created a milestone in the history of medicine by becoming the first hospital in the country to reach the 350 mark for patients from a single foreign country.
The Press Conference was attended by Prof Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospitals, Prof Subash Gupta, Liver Transplant Surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals and the families of the patients 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 patients from across the border. From the time we performed successful liver transplant in India in 1998, the Apollo Transplant Program has performed 1252 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”
During the conference, Prof Sibal and Prof. Gupta shared their experience of looking after the 350th Pakistani patient, Madhia Tariq a 16 year old girl who was airlifted from Lahore, Pakistan in a critical condition. Madhia had developed an acute fulminant liver failure due to hepatitis A. She was admitted at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals on 2nd February 2013. Next day she underwent a successful emergency Liver Transplant under Prof Subash Gupta, wherein the part of the liver was donated by Madhias elder brother. Madhia was off the ventilator within 24 hours of the transplant and started eating the very next day. Over the following weeks, her condition improved gradually and the young girl is now ready to fly back home to Pakistan.
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 350 cases, we feel a sense of accomplishment by the faith and courage shown by our patients, who have travelled such long distances for the treatment.
About Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Indias first JCI accredited hospital, is a joint venture between the Government of Delhi and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Commissioned in July 1996, it is the third super-specialty tertiary care hospital set up by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Spread over 15 acres, it houses 57 specialties with more than 300 specialists and more than 600 operational beds, 19 operation theatres, 138 ICU beds, round-the-clock pharmacy, NABL accredited laboratories, 24-hour emergency services and an active air ambulance service. Apollo Hospitals Delhi has the leading programme in kidney and liver transplant in the country. The first successful pediatrics and adult liver transplants in India were performed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. The hospital is at the forefront of medical technology and expertise. It provides a complete range of latest diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities for the care of its patients. The Hospital has introduced the most sophisticated imaging technology to India with the introduction of 64 slice CT and 3 Tesla MRI, Novalis Tx and the integrated PET Suite. Indraprastha Apollo has also pioneered the concept of preventive health check programmes and has created a satisfied customer base over decades. The Hospital has been consistently ranked amongst the best 10 hospitals in India by The Week survey for the past few years.