Successful completion of 1000 liver transplants in the state of
Gleneagles Global Health City Honours Prof. Mohamed Rela on Successfully Completing 1000 Liver Transplants in Tamil Nadu
Chennai, January 16th, 2018: Gleneagles Global Health City, the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals in India, a Parkway Pantai enterprise, today held a ceremony at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai tofelicitate Prof. Mohamed Rela, Chairman and Director, Institute of Liver Disease and Transplant, Gleneagles Global Health City and his team on successfully completing 1000 liver transplants in Tamil Nadu. Shri.M.Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice President of India was the chief guest for the event. Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Honourable Governor, Tamil Nadu, Dr. C. Vijaya Baskar, Minister of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare, Tamil Nadu and Dr. J. Radhakrishnan, IAS, Principal Secretary – Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu were the guests of honour at the celebration. Dr. K. Ravindranath, Chairman, Gleneagles Global Hospitals and Mr. Ramesh Krishnan, Chief Executive Officer, India Operations Division, Parkway Pantai Limited were also present at the ceremony.
Liver transplantation has provided a second opportunity at life for many patients world over for the last 50 years but in India, it has been a reality only for the last decade. The Institute of Liver Diseases and Transplantation at Gleneagles Global Health City spearheaded by Prof. Mohamed Rela, since their first transplant in August 2009, have performed 1000 liver transplantations in the state of Tamil Nadu making it one of the most successful Liver transplant programmes in the country. The uniqueness of the programme is that it has been able to offer both deceased donor and live donor transplantations as the state of Tamil Nadu has been the pioneer in the country in deceased donor organ donation.
The Institute for Liver Disease and Transplantation has pioneered optimal utilisation of the available deceased donor organ by split liver transplantation, where one liver is split and utilised for two individuals, usually an adult and a child, and have successfully performed 40 such split liver transplants. The Institute for Liver Disease and Transplantation has performed 278 deceased donor and 722 live donor transplantations. The programme has now grown to become one of the largest centres in the world for liver transplantation in children. 278 children (youngest child aged 4 months) have gained benefit through transplantation from the programme.
The hospital has partnered with several hospitals in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Trichy for transplantation and the team has performed liver transplant at these centres also. This has enabled growth of liver transplantation all over the state of Tamil Nadu. The programme has patients from all over India and also from more than 20 countries all over the world. The transplant centre has a much sought after fellowship programme to train national and international doctors interested in the field of liver Transplantation and about 25 doctors have gone through the training programme so far.
“The journey to reach this milestone has been interesting, filled with varied experiences, as liver transplantation was not well known as a successful procedure even to many physicians in India when we first started. The experience has helped us and others to grow in the process and has created a huge awareness about liver disease, organ donation and liver transplantation among the public, patients and medical fraternity. Most importantly, the successful outcomes have had a very positive feedback effect in the growth of transplantation in the state and the country .The significance of team work cannot be overstated in a field like Liver transplantation and the commitment and passion of every member in the team has a role to play in the overall outcome "said, Prof. Mohamed Rela, Chairman and Director, Institute of Liver Disease and Transplant, Gleneagles Global Health City.
Prof. Rela also added "The government of Tamil Nadu has been very proactive in promoting organ donation and transplantation in the state and this has been a huge strength to us in this journey. We have been happy to sign a MOU with the Government of Tamil Nadu to provide