Year’s first split liver transplant saves 2 lives


In a rare case, a liver from a 51-year-old brain-dead patient was split into two and transplanted to two patients with end-stage liver disease, including a five-year-old child. This is the first case of split liver transplantation in 2018 and third such case in the city so far.

According to the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), the donor, a homemaker from Kandivali, suffered a brain haemorrhage on December 27. She was first taken to a private nursing home and later shifted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), where she was declared brain dead on December 28. “Her husband, daughter and son were aware of organ donation and gave their consent when the patient’s condition was explained to them,” Rekha Barot, transplant coordinator from KDAH, said.

The donor’s heart and a kidney were transplanted to two patients in KDAH, while the other kidney was given to a patient in INHS Ashivini Hospital. Her liver was split into two parts, with the smaller transplanted to a five-year-old acute liver failure patient while the larger transplanted to an adult patient in KDAH.

“Such split liver transplants have been done only twice earlier. There is a lot of surgical expertise needed in carrying out such transplants,” ZTCC president Dr. S.K. Mathur said.

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