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Chhattisgarh’s first & only Liver Transplant surgeon operates on a 5.5kg baby from Chhattisgarh at Fortis Hospital

Baby Piyush becomes first and the youngest pediatric Liver Transplant recipient, to be operated upon at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai

  • In a living donor Liver Transplantation, the grandmother of the child donated a part of her Liver

RAIPUR: The Kundu family, residents of Raipur were blessed with a baby boy, Piyush, at a private hospital in Kolkata. However, soon after his birth, the baby was diagnosed with Jaundice. A series of tests were conducted and doctors at the hospital diagnosed the baby with Biliary Atresia, a disease in which the bile ducts outside and inside the Liver are scarred and blocked.

The family sought further treatment for their baby at multiple hospitals in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, where the doctors reached a conclusion that baby required Liver Transplant, as a lifesaving procedure. Considering the high cost involved in the Liver Transplantation procedure, family was in two minds, until they met Dr Swapnil Sharma, Consultant, Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, who is Chhattisgarh’s first & only Liver Transplant surgeon, who hosts OPD in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Dr Swapnil Sharma explained the procedure to family and comforted them about financial help that could be arranged through various trusts and platforms. Socially responsible locals such as Ashish Srivastav, DS Ahluwalia, came together with, Fortis Hospital, Mulund and other crowd funding sources to enable crowd funding for Piyush. Their efforts helped entirely fund Piyush’s transplant surgery. The baby’s mother consented for the Liver Transplant, and the baby’s mother, aunt and grandmother immediately travelled to Mumbai for the surgery.

Chhattisgarh’s first & only Liver Transplant surgeon operates on a 5.5kg baby from Chhattisgarh at Fortis Hospital Mulund, MumbaiThe patient was shifted to Pediatric ICU at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Upon evaluation, it was noted that the child was severely Jaundiced and had chest infection. In next two weeks child was managed with antibiotics, aggressive physiotherapy and nutritional supplements; he was now fit for transplant.

Team comprising of Dr Swapnil Sharma, Consultant, Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery & Dr Gaurav Gupta, Consultant, Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery, evaluated Piyush’s grandmother, and found her fit for Liver donation. Piyush underwent Liver transplant on 10/09/2019; the surgery although challenging, was uneventful. After such surgery generally, the child remains on ventilator support for quite some time; he was monitored round the clock by the anesthesia team. Next few days are challenging in managing such small babies; with coordinated efforts from the entire transplant team that comprised of surgeons, Pediatric Intensivists, Dieticians and Physiotherapists, Piyush had an accelerated and uneventful recovery.

Speaking about his current medical condition, Chhattisgarh’s first & only Liver Transplant surgeon, Dr Swapnil Sharma, Consultant, Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “The baby responded very well to the procedure. At the time of transplant, the baby weighed 5.5kgs; good outcomes in liver transplant patient under 10kgs remains a challenge even at the best of centers worldwide. Our medical team beat all odds and carried out the transplant successfully. The most touching part of this child’s case was that his mother, aunty & grandmother travelled across the country to seek help for their beloved child and are elated to take him home. The family was also elated to see so many socially responsible individuals join hands to collect fund for their child’s surgery, these efforts helped crowd fund Piyush’s surgery entirely”.

Speaking about this feat, Dr S. Narayani, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “I’m proud of my team for having achieved this milestone. We are proud to be amongst the top hospitals in Western India to offer this life saving procedure for very small children. We are delighted that our youngest patient to have received a Liver Transplant is all set to go back home”.

Speaking about the condition of her child, Piyush’s mother, said, “We had lost all hope when his condition worsened; seeing him in pain was agonizing. We are very thankful to Dr Sharma & Dr Gupta who treated my baby; we are now all set to go back home. I was worried if my child will ever be able to go to school; with this surgery, he will be able to go to school and enjoy his life to the fullest”.

Dr Swapnil Sharma, Liver Transplant & HPB Surgeon at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai, is the 1st and only Liver Transplant Surgeon from Chhattisgarh. He hosts his OPD in Raipur on the second Saturday, each month. He can be consulted with on November 9th, December 14th & January 11th, between 11.00am – 2.00pm & 4.00pm – 6.00pm at Sahu Diagnostic Centre, Farishta Complex, Raipur. Appointments can be booked on 88603 15672.


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