Date: 27th July, 2016, Kolkata

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, the leader in the provision of cutting-edge medical services in Eastern India, has announced the successful completion of a cadaver liver transplant at its state-of-the-art Institute of Gastrosciences.

The donor, 53 year old Samar Chakraborty, had been brought to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata on Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, where he was declared 'brain dead' by a panel comprising of doctors from the hospital and the Department of Health, Government of West Bengal. His family agreed to multi-organ donation, and after the completion of the necessary formalities, his liver and corneas were harvested for transplantation.

Under the able guidance of Dr Mahesh Kumar Goenka, Gastroenterologist and Director, Institute of Gastrosciences, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, and his team, the liver was transplanted to 46 year old Madhuri Saha, a patient of several liver ailments who had been advised to undergo a transplant at the earliest. Dr Goenka observed, "We have successfully harvested and transplanted the liver through a surgical procedure that took about 10 hours. The recipient is doing fine till now, and would need to remain under observation and treatment for about a fortnight before we can confirm the prognosis. If the results are found to be as expected, this will be the first instance of a successful cadaver liver transplant in entire Eastern India."

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rupali Basu, President and CEO ER, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, observed, "As the pioneers of world-class medical services in this part of the country, we feel proud at the achievement of our team of doctors, and are confident of their success. We are also grateful for the prompt support extended by the different government departments in facilitating and expediting this process, and would honour and salute the social-responsibility and courage exhibited by the late Shri Chakraborty's family. We hope that their decision would inspire more families to come ahead and undertake this noble initiative."

A team of eye surgeons from Disha Eye Hospital have retrieved the donor's corneas at about 3 am on 27 July, 2016, and the details of the recipients will be communicated by them to the relevant government authorities.

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