Date: 5th January, 2017, Kolkata

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, the leader in the delivery of state-of-the-art healthcare in Eastern India has announced the successful outcome of the deceased donor liver transplant that was undertaken on December 25, 2016. The recipient, Mr ReljaUvulic, the 57-year old Italy-born recipient from Chennai, has recovered sufficiently, and is being discharged from the Hospital.

Mr Uvalic was suffering from Chronic Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma, and was under the management of the team atApollo Hospitals Chennai and Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata. His condition had deteriorated to level where a transplant was necessary for continued survival.

Dr Goenka and team, along with Dr BarunNath, Dr AnandKhakkar and team, and assisted by a team of anaesthesiologists under the guidance of Dr Dinesh Babu and Dr Indrajit Kumar Tiwary , undertook a deceased donor liver transplant on Mr Uvalic on December 25, 2016. The donor, 22 year old Suravi Barat, had been declared brain dead owing to complications from a known case of posterior fossa pilocytic astrocytoma. After a closely monitored recovery process of 12 days, the team of doctors at the Hospital have deemed Mr Uvalicfit to return home.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Kumar Goenka, Gastroenterologist and Director, Institute of Gastrosciences and Liver, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, observed, “This is the second successful deceased donor liver transplant undertaken at our facilitieswithin the last one year, and we are happy to announce that we have had a successin both cases. As the team which undertook the first successful deceased donor liver transplant in Eastern India, we are proud at the achievement, and are hopeful that Mr Uvalic will continue enjoy a long and healthy life.” Dr Goenka also emphasized on the need for more organ donations, and added, “According to a rough estimate, there are approximately one lakh potential ‘brain dead’ donors every year in the country. However, this translates to less than 300 deceased donor transplants annually, underscoring the need for an expansion of the organ donation movement.”

Dr Rupali Basu, President and CEO ER, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, observed, “We are extremely pleased with the successful outcome of the transplant, and are happy that all relevant parameters conform to international norms. This has been made possible by our experienced team of surgeons, physicians, technicians and caregivers, who leveraged our world class infrastructure to deliver the best possible results for the recipient. Avery special note of gratitudeis also due to the officials of the Department of Health, Government of West Bengal, whose prompt support and guidancehave helped us deliver the gift of life for Mr Uvalic. We also applaud the exceptional courage exhibited by Suravi’s family in overcoming the fear ofsocial stigma and consenting to the brave decision of deceased-donor organ transplant – a choice that will surely serve as a beacon for progressive thought in the state, and the region.”

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