On the eve of Rakshabandhan, the Apollo Hospital, Mumbai announced a unique case of living donor liver transplant of a sister donating a part of the liver to save her ailing brother.
The 41 year old patient Sushant Borate from Pune, had undergone a living donor liver transplant from his sister donating a part of her liver to him. The living organ transplant was successfully carried out in the month of January 2019.
Sushant was first diagnosed with hepatitis and had multiple hospital admissions for the treatment. Over a period of time, his conditions deteriorated and was diagnosed with the end stage liver disease when he was advised to meet the liver specialists at Apollo.
“The patient was suffering from Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF).” said Dr. Vikram Raut, Consultant, Liver Transplant Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai.
ACLF is a syndrome characterised by acute decompensation of chronic liver disease associated with organ failures and high short-term mortality.
Owing to the deteriorating health condition of the patient to wait for a deceased donor transplant the family stood positive towards the aspect of a living donor transplant, said the doctors.
“In a living-donor liver transplant, a portion of the liver is removed from a living person and placed in patient end stage liver disease. Kidney and liver are the types of living-donor organ transplant procedures. Living donors donate a portion of their liver and the remaining liver regenerates, grows back to nearly its original size, and performs its normal function. Most of donors get discharged from hospital in 7days and can join their work in 4-6 weeks.”said Dr. Vikram.
“I had lost hope and it was then that my sister agreed to donate a part of her liver. This is the ultimate gift a sister can give – the gift of life.” says Sushant.