May 09, 2007

Indian doctors perform twin transplants: A First

For the first time in the world, Indian doctors have conducted two transplantations simultaneously on a 15-year-old boy.

Ganesh Nehru, a Grade 9 student from California got a kidney and liver transplant done at the same time.

This is a one of its kind surgery done by Indian doctors, where the teenager's mother donated a kidney and his uncle the liver.

Ganesh was diagnosed with Primary Hyperoxaluria, a condition caused by the shortage of an enzyme in the liver that prevents the buildup of oxalates or stones in the kidney, resulting in the failure of both his kidneys.

But that wasn't all. His liver too was badly affected since it wasn't producing the enzyme needed to prevent the build up in the kidneys. Desperate, his parents brought him to India.

''Our liver produces an enzyme called ADT that detoxifies the oxcillate. In his case, his body didn't have the enzyme. Only solution was to change the kidney but if you gave a new kidney it would choke again because the culprit was the liver. We had to change the liver,'' said Dr Neelam Mohan, Paediatric Hepatologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

In what's being seen as a new chapter in medical history, Ganesh is the first patient in the world to successfully undergo a simultaneous liver and kidney transplant from two live donors.

And for the first time in the world, doctors got together to operate two donors and the patient all at the same time.

1 comment:

brenev1 said...

This surgery is not the first of this type. It has been performed in the U.S. for years and there is a documented case reprt from South America years ago.

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