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Indian Hospital Performs First Liver Transplant with Hypo-Thermic Oxygenated Perfusion

HOPE Liver pump machine employed for the first time in the country

A multi-specialty quaternary care hospital in the heart of the Chennai, successfully conducted a Cadaveric Liver Transplantation on a patient with end-stage liver disease using an innovative – Hypothermic Oxygenated Perfusion (HOPE) liver pump – for the very first time in the country.

A 50-member team under the leadership of Dr. Thiagarajan Srinivasan Director, Institute of liver diseases and Transplantation at MGM healthcare successfully conducted this complex liver pump procedure to expand the liver donor pool. “A 44-year-old end-stage liver disease patient with rare AB blood group was in the state and country’s transplant waiting list for cadaveric donor liver for the past one year. Given that the patient had a rare blood group and slim chances of find a cadaveric donor liver, his situation was getting a little complicated. He did not have a matched compatible live liver donor and had a history of two unsuccessful previous near miss attempts in the waiting period to get the donor liver. However, about three months ago a cadaveric liver did become available, however, the brain-dead donor was being administered high doses of blood pressure support drugs and was unstable,” briefed Dr. Thiagarajan to the media.

Harish Manian, CEO, MGM Healthcare explained, “We at MGM Healthcare always believe in ensuring highest standards of patient safety with best-in-class clinical outcomes and a seamless patient experience. This rare cadaveric liver transplant with the assistance of a HOPE machine by our team is a testament of our hospital to continue to bring in the best of technology and let our patients have the access to the best of health infrastructure in the country. I applaud the efforts of the team led by Dr. Thiagarajan Srinivasan who made this transplant possible and for the patient’s family to have faith in our team and wish him a healthy future.”

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