Two patients, one aged four and the other 45, got a new lease of life after doctors at the Global Health City Hospital here conducted a split liver transplant for 17 hours and implanted the liver that was flown in a special flight from Coimbatore in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police sources said that the special flight carrying the liver of a youth declared brain dead, landed in the city airport around 2.50 am from Coimbatore. The harvested organ was immediately taken to the Global Health City Hospital at Perumbakkam.
Dr Thomas Cherian, who performed the procedure, said that the split liver transplant enabled the use of a single organ for the two persons. The four-year-old had liver failure, while the 45-year-old was suffering from end stage liver disease.
“The liver would be divided into two parts if it fits a certain criteria. In this case, the smaller part was given to the four-year-old and the larger part to the 45-year-old. It doubles the benefit from a single organ,” the surgeon explained. The doctor said that for a split liver transplant, the organ should be from a young donor aged between 16 and 45 and should be non-fatty.
The timely decision of the parents of M Rajagopal, a BSc Computer Science graduate from Coimbatore, who was declared brain dead in a road accident, saved five lives, including these two.
Rajagopal of Sivanandapuram near Sarvanampatty, met with an accident when he was returning from the Echanari Temple. After taking the consent of his parents Maruthachalam, a labourer, and Kalavathi, five organs including two kidneys, liver and eyes, were harvested.