Hospital offers free intestinal transplant to rape victim

December 21, 2012 04:11 pm | Updated June 15, 2016 08:53 pm IST - New Delhi

As the young student battles for life bravely five days after the brutal gang-rape, a leading private hospital in New Delhi on Friday offered free intestinal transplantation and subsequent treatment to her.

Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has communicated this offer to Dr B.D. Nathani, Medical Superintendent of Safdurjung Hospital where the victim is being treated currently, Dr R.S. Rana, Chairman, Board of Management SGRH, said.

The 23-year-old student has undergone a surgery to remove her gangrenous intestine. The doctors treating her had said that she is “stable, alert and conscious” but she remained on ventilator support.

“Intestinal failure occurs when most of the intestine has to be removed surgically as in this case. Intestinal transplant is the only chance of survival with a normal functioning intestine for the victim,” Dr Samiran Nundy Chairman, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Organ Transplantation said.

The private hospital has performed India’s first and only living donor intestinal transplant which has been reported in peer reviewed journal this year, Dr. Rana said.

According to Dr Naimish Mehta Transplant Surgeon SGRH, who was involved in India’s first Living Donor Intestinal Transplant Surgery, “there are two ways by which intestinal graft can be obtained, either from a brain dead donor or from a living related donor. Both these options could be available for the victim once her condition stabilises.”

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