First Liver Transplant conducted in Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  For the first time in a government medical college in the state, a liver transplant surgery was conducted at the Government Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. The surgery that started at 5.30 pm on Monday took around 6 to 12 hours to complete. Arrangements had been made for the surgery several months ago. But a matching organ was not available, which caused the delay.

The surgery was conducted on Basheer, 60, of Perumathura with the organ sourced from Dhaneesh Mohan, son of Mohan Raj of Malanchith, Parasuvakkal, Parassala, who’s brain death was reported on Monday.

Dhaneesh suffered serious injuries on his head after his head hit an electric post, while riding pillion with a friend on a motorbike. The accident took place near Thekkankara temple, Parasuvakkal, at 4.30 pm. He was taken to the Parasala Taluk Hospital and later to the Medical College here.

But he was declared brain dead by 2 pm.

After permission to donate the organ, Dr Sathyadas of the anaesthesia department prepared the donor for the surgery.

Mritha Sanjeevani state convener and principal of Medical College, Dr Thomas Mathew,  coordinated the preparations for the surgery.

A medical team comprising Dr Ramesh Rajan, Dr Bony Naresh, Dr Sindhu and liver transplant experts from KIMS Hospital, led by Dr Venugopal, led the surgery.

A postmortem examination on the body of Dhaneesh Mohan will be held on Tuesday and it will be taken to Parassala.


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