In addition to kidney transplantation, which is already taking place, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research is now applying for permission to perform liver transplantation. It is likely to start performing procedures by the end of 2014.

Currently, JIPMER alone has permission to perform kidney transplantation, and till date has performed 15. Now, the institute has sought for permission for liver transplantation, since there is a fairly high demand for the procedure.

Initially, it would start with deceased donor transplantation. Later, move to live donor transplants, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology Biju Pottakat said.

JIPMER alone receives around 10 cases a month where patients require liver transplant, the most common reasons being liver cirrhosis and hepatitis. Unfortunately, many of these people cannot afford to have transplants at private hospitals as the procedures cost close to Rs. 25 lakh.

It would take around six months for JIPMER to receive the permission after which all other work would begin, he said.