Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

History was created at the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCB MCH) in Cuttack when the liver of a woman was transplanted on her husband on Wednesday. It was the first instance of liver transplantation in Odisha.

As per reports, a woman from Tigiria area in Cuttack district donated her liver and it was transplanted on her husband. The operation was carried out by a nine-member team of doctors from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), Hyderabad and SCB. The eight-hour long operation continued from 8 am till 4 pm.

The advance treatment was carried out at the special modular operation theatre at the trauma building on the hospital premises.

As per SCB Superintendent Dr Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra, the condition of the patient is stable.

“Liver transplantation is the most difficult transplantation. It is even more complicated than heart and kidney transplantation. Two third part of the liver from the donor was transplanted on the recipient during the complicated operation. The liver of the recipient was extracted as it has been completely damaged. After the operation, the donor will now function with one third of its liver. The liver will grow again and come back to the normal shape after four to five months,” said Mishra.

Notably, an MOU has been signed between AIG, Hyderabad and SCB for the liver transplantation process.

Generally, liver transplant costs anything between Rs 25 lakh and Rs 30 lakh in corporate hospitals across India. However, in a good news to the people of Odisha, the State government is planning to make it affordable at SCB MCH.