Surgeons at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai successfully attempted a multi-organ transplant, giving a middle-aged man a new liver, intestine and pancreas, on Thursday. The liver, intestine and pancreas of a 12-year-old boy, who was declared brain-dead, were transplanted to the recipient in a marathon 14-hour surgery.
Dr. Anand Khakhar, Programme Director, Centre for Liver Disease and Transplantation, Apollo Hospitals Chennai, said that the recipient, a resident of Chennai, suffered from liver disease and his intestinal venous system was occluded. “”We performed a combined transplant of the liver, intestine and pancreas on him. It was a multi-visceral transplant,”” he said. The surgery commenced at 3 a.m. and ended around 5 p.m. on 28th June 2014. Four senior surgeons were part of the team that performed the surgery. Doctors said they would have to wait to see the outcome of the complex procedure.