The Hush Post: Doctors at the PGI, Chandigarh, successfully performed the first ever simultaneous liver and kidney transplant on a terminally-ill patient. A team of more than 12 doctors, transplant coordinators, technical and nursing staff successfully conducted the over 10-hour-long operation on the 40-year-old male patient, according to a press release issued by the hospital.
The donor, a young girl from Bihar, was referred to the PGI from a hospital near Ludhiana. She was brought to the PGI after she was declared brain dead after receiving grievous head injury in an accident on January 24. Her family consented to organ donation, after which the heart, liver and kidneys were retrieved for transplantation.
The liver and one of the kidneys were transplanted to the 40-year-old male recipient, while the other kidney was transplanted on another patient.
There was no matching recipient for the heart at PGIMER, so the Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) and National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) in Delhi were approached. The heart was allocated to a Delhi hospital for a matching recipient. It was sent from PGIMER at 10.05 am on Sunday through a green corridor to the Chandigarh airport from where it was airlifted in a chartered flight. Appreciating the medical team for its achievement, PGIMER Director Jagat Ram said, “Simultaneous liver and kidney transplant surgery on a single recipient is one of the most complex and demanding organ transplantations. Even the recipient too had to be selected very carefully for these procedures.”