200 Pakistanis undergo liver transplant at Apollo

200 Pakistanis undergo liver transplant at Apollo

The Hindu : Newspaper | NATIONAL

Staff Reporter: Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here has successfully completed 200 liver transplant cases of Pakistani patients with a success rate of over 90 per cent, hospital authorities announced on Friday.

“Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has become probably the first hospital in the country to reach the 200 mark for patients from a single foreign country. We are delighted to have been able to touch the lives of so many patients from across the border. From the time we performed successful liver transplant in India in 1998, the Apollo Transplant Programme has performed 776 liver transplants in children and adults. Our experience with so many Pakistani patients and their families has taught us so much about the Pakistani culture and the similarities between our societies is so striking,” said Apollo Hospital (Delhi) Medical Director and Senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Anupam Sibal at a press conference.

“Sense of accomplishment”

Prof. Sibal and others doctors also shared their experience of looking after the 200th Pakistani patient, Shehary, a 10-year-old boy from Karachi who underwent a liver transplant on October 6.

Apollo Hospital (Delhi) Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon Dr. Subhash Gupta said: “It is a proud moment for us to have completed 200 cases. We feel a sense of accomplishment by the faith and courage shown by our patients who have travelled such long distances for the treatment.”

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