A 30-YEAR-OLD woman,Upasna (name changed),has got a new lease on life,thanks to PGI doctors who performed a successful liver transplant surgery. Suffering from cirrhosis,an end-stage liver disease,from the age of 13,she was undergoing treatment at PGI since then,but with a little hope. At that time,cadaveric liver transplant was still unheard of here, said Kidarnath Karkare,father of the girl and a retired official of the PGI,residing in Sector 44.
I still remember when she first started having bouts of fever which would persist. After several tests at PGI,it was established that she was suffering from cirrhosis. But that did not stop her from living life to the fullest said Kidarnath.
Like any other girl of her age,her interests kept changing as she was growing up. She did a course in fashion designing. Later,she became a teacher and derived so much satisfaction from tutoring children till her condition worsened and she was not able to teach, he added.
Despite the successful liver transplant,Upasna,will have to be on immuno-suppressant drugs all her life. We were very lucky that her blood group matched with the donor. Everything fell in place by the grace of God, said the father.
The liver transplant,performed on October 6,was the second for PGI after the first one was done on a 44-year-old patient from Saharanpur in April this year. After the liver transplant on Upasna was completed,she was kept in the ICU in the Advanced Cardiac Centre.
Doctors who performed the surgery said that the case was quite similar to the previous surgery. Both patients suffered from cirrhosis,both had no history of hepatitis B or C,which are known factors responsible for cirrhosis. But Upsana had what they call Auto-Immune Hepatitis, said one of the doctors from the team which performed the surgery.
In fact,the family of the donor were initially reluctant to donate the liver. But as they were briefed about Upasnass condition,they agreed, said the father.