Rare liver transplant at Command Hospital, organ sent through air in midnight

A team of doctors at the Command Hospital, Chandimandir have completed a unique liver transplant for a patient. The donated liver came from PGI’s Department of Hepatology, Chandigarh.

A team lead by Col AK Sharma facilitated the transplant after the liver of brain dead person was airlifted to Army Hospital (Research & Referral) ,New Delhi in midnight.

The 42-year-old donor male met with an accident and was admitted at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, but he failed to make it through and was declared brain dead, reported Col Sharma. After getting approval from the dead person’s relatives, doctors at PGIMER, Chandigarh told Liver Transplant Retrieval team to collect the liver from the brain dead body.

After hearing the news of organ’s availability, the Command Hospital team reached PGI and secured the vital organ with professional dexterity. Later the organ was sent to Delhi through Air.

The recipient is father of a serving army officer and his condition is stable now, reports said. This transplantation was one of the rare cases in which two hospitals including one army hospital and one civil hospital coordinated in an efficient manner and transported the organ to the capital in least possible time.

Moreover, apart from Army Hospital (R&R), Delhi, the Command Hospital (Western Command) Chandimandir is the second hospital that has authority to conduct liver retrieval. In addition, it got recognition by the government of Haryana last year in September, and since then the hospital has conducted six retrievals and transported them to Army Hospital (R&R) successfully.

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