Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) has conducted its second living donor liver transplant. A team led by Ramesh Singh Bhandari had performed the transplant on a 44-year-old man suffering from liver cirrhosis. One of his sons-in-law, aged 28, had donated his liver.
Both the recipient and donor have been kept in ICU for observation. The health condition of both is stable, said Bhandari, a gastrointestinal and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeon at TUTH. A team from Fortis Hospital, Delhi, had assisted the medical team in the transplant.
The hospital had planned to perform one transplant each month for three consecutive months. “We will increase the number of transplants if everything goes well,” said Bhandari.
“The whole liver of the patient is taken out, and thirty to fifty percent of the liver is taken from the donor and transplanted onto the patient,” Bhandari added.
People need liver transplant when their liver stops functioning. Excessive alcohol consumption, chronic hepatitis, and complications due to the fatty liver are some of the major causes of liver failure. TUTH is the second hospital in the country to launch liver transplant service after Sahid Dharma Bhakta National Transplant Centre, Bhaktapur.