Karnataka’s first Swap Liver transplant performed at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital, saving the lives of two patients

BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital, Kengeri, a pioneer of transplants successfully performed Karnataka’s first Swap Liver transplant saving the lives of two patients, suffering from chronic liver ailment. Mr. Pradeep and Mr. Srinivasulu, both middle aged individuals, were admitted to the hospital with the signs of severe liver condition. Post identifying the illness of both the patients and after detecting the unfortunate mismatch of liver between the husband and wife led to the state of predicament. The team of experts decided to go ahead with Swap Liver transplant after taking immediate approvals from the family members to avoid further delay. The timely intervention of the team of Transplant Surgeons, Transplant Anaesthetists & Intensivists and Hepatologists made this surgery successful and possible at the right time.

Today we live in a country with a wide gap between the number of transplants waiting to happen and the availability of organs in India. In most of the cases, it happens due to lack of awareness about Organ Donation. One of the types of living donation is Swap donation. If the living near-relative donor is incompatible to donate his/her organ to their family member, there are provisions for swapping of donors between two such pairs that exists. This implies that there is a mutual agreement between two pairs, and each pair consists of a taker and a giver of an organ.

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