Hyderabad, 28th March, 2019: The specialists at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, successfully performed liver transplant on a four month old baby. Briefing media about this humongous accomplishment, Dr Manish C. Varma, Head of the Liver Transplant Department, Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills and Mr Y. Subramanyam, CEO, Apollo Hospitals; said the baby was suffering from jaundice within few days of his birth.
The doctors attending to the baby in Vizag, performed a porto-enterostomy surgery, to treat a pediatric liver disease, where the biles are abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent. He was 2.5 months old when he underwent this surgery. However there was no sign of jaundice subsiding even after the surgery, while his condition deteriorated further. He was often ill and did not have proper growth. That’s when he was advised liver transplant and was brought to Apollo Hospital, Jubilee Hills.
When he came here, he was terribly ill and was suffering from chest infection. Initially the specialists led by Dr Manish C. Varma, stabilised his condition. Subsequently the liver transplant surgery was performed using a piece of liver donated by his mother, Sarojini, on 14th March 2019. The baby recovered well and was discharged 9 days after surgery on 23rd March, 2019. The donor was discharged on 5th day after surgery.
There are very few centers, worldwide with the capability of performing liver transplants in children less than 5 kg weight and less than 6 months of age. At Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, the Pediatric Liver Transplant team has tremendous experience and expertise along with the technology to perform critical and delicate liver transplant surgeries in infants, says Dr Manish C. Varma.
The complicated liver transplant was carried out by a multidisciplinary team consisting of Dr Ramesh Srinivasan, Pediatric hepatologist, Dr L Sasidhar Reddy, Transplant Surgeon, Dr Manjunath and Dr Vijay, Anesthetists and intensivists and Dr Samiya Razvi, Pediatric pulmonologist, at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad.
Two of the children who underwent liver transplant earlier at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, Master Nithish and Master Raji Reddy, were also present.
About Apollo Hospitals It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospital in Chennai. Now, as Asia largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 8,488 beds across 51 Hospitals, 1,586 Pharmacies, 92 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 100 Telemedicine units across 10 countries. Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy, 15 colleges of Nursing and Hospital Management and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research and the first Proton Therapy Centre across Asia, Africa and Australia.
In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr.Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 28 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.