To reach out to people in need of expert medical care, Global Hospitals Mumbai is starting a super-speciality liver clinic at Pulse Diagnostix, Sohrab Hall, near Tadiwalla Road. Medical experts will be visiting the city twice a month to see patients.
Liver diseases are the ninth leading cause of deaths in India, next only to diabetes. As per WHO estimates, 24 people per 100000 died in India due to liver diseases annually, Dr Samir Shah, HOD, Hepatology, Liver Intensive Care & Transplant unit at Global Hospitals, said.
Many a time, liver transplant is the last resort left for patients. “Some patients may even have fulminant liver failure (acute liver failure) where a healthy person’s liver fails in a matter of hours to days,” Shah said. Referring to the case of Gunwanti Gundesha from Pune, who had to be rushed to Mumbai for an emergency liver transplant after she suffered from an acute liver failure, he said, “Her son was willing to donate part of the liver and as soon as the Pune surgeons at Ruby Hall Clinic informed us, our team was ready to conduct the transplant,” Shah added.
“Often patients, suffering from acute liver failure, are young and the disease is completely unexpected for the family. While a large number of these patients can be saved with intensive medical care in a dedicated liver ICU, availability of liver for transplant is essential to save them. At Global Hospitals, there is a liver Intensive Care Unit (ICU) along with quick medical transportation facility including air ambulance,” Dr Parijat Gupte, consultant hepatologist said.
Dr Ravi Mohanka, chief surgeon and HOD, Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, said, “Hundreds of patients with liver failure die every year. Despite the fact that liver is one organ that regenerates, not many come forward for liver donation. A robust organ donation programme is needed all over the country.”