Father & son, happy after liver surgery

Father gives a slice of liver to save his one-yr-old son

One-in-10,000 case treated with laparoscopic surgery

Global Hospitals, Mumbai, Performs Western India’s First Total Laparoscopic Donor Hepatectomy for Transplant of a 1-Year-Old Child

MUMBAI, Dec 21 (Samachar) - A liver resection by laparoscopic surgery has been done at a city hospital on a 32-year-old live donor for transplantation, thus giving a new lease of life to his one-year-old son. 

Wazir Khan,32, from South Africa donated a part of his liver (left lateral lobe) to his one-year-old ailing son Nayum Khan, suffering from a congenital condition called Biliary Atresia.

A one-in-10,000-birth case, the disease of the liver and bile ducts needs transplantation. Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment.

Nayum underwent surgery in South Africa but failed to get any relief. The family has been referred to Global Hospital, Mumbai.

Dr Ravi Mohanka, Chief Surgeon and Head of Department, Liver Transplant and HPB Surgery at the Hospital said “The patient came to us after a failed Kasai surgery for Biliary atresia. After clinical tests, the father was found to be a suitable donor and he agreed to donate a part of his liver to save his child. It was decided to perform hepatectomy (surgical removal of part or entire liver) using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery technique.”

A total laparoscopic donor hepatectomy is a safe and feasible option as it has benefits that include less pain, less blood loss, less morbidity and complications, quicker recovery and cosmetically good for a young donor. All these will encourage donations, Dr Mohanka said. 

Dr Prashantha Rao, Senior Consultant, Lead – Cadaveric Liver Transplant, said “In an open surgery, a long, approximately 15-20 cm, T shaped incision is made, and pain can be there for 2-3 years. In this patient as minimally invasive technique was used for hepatectomy, keyhole incisions and a small incision was made in the lower part of the abdomen for graft retrieval. Post-surgery, there is no sign of scar and the recovery period of the donor is reduced. The minimally invasive technique benefits the donor, who experiences better postoperative recovery and a quicker return to normal life, less pain, smaller scars, and lower risk of an incisional hernia compared with traditional open surgery.” 

Dr Anurag Shrimal, Senior Consultant, Lead – Pancreas and Paediatric Liver Transplant Surgeon, Global Hospital Mumbai said “Following all guidelines and protocols, baby Nayum Khan underwent successful liver transplant surgery. He had an excellent post-op recovery and the family will be ready shortly to travel back to South Africa”.

“The state-of-art infrastructure combined with an expert team of liver surgeons enables our hospital to provide world-class care to liver transplant patients. Very few centres in the world have the expertise to perform the total Laparoscopic Donor Hepatectomy and we are delighted to have this expertise in our hospital,” said Dr Vivek Talaulikar, CEO of Global Hospitals Mumbai.

Wazir Khan the donor said “We are pleased with the treatment and care given by the doctors at the Hospital. Earlier our baby used to always cry and be restless. But now seeing the smile on his face makes us so happy. Previously baby uses to always be with his mom but after surgery first time he slept beside me. This feeling will be always special to me. The surgery helped me in speedy recovery in fact I never felt that I had undergone such a big surgery. We are glad we came to India for treatment.”

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