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Engineer becomes India’s first intestinal transplant survivor

Engineer becomes India’s first intestinal transplant survivor
A 30-year-old software engineer, Himanshu, became the country’s first person to have a successful intestinal transplant in a private hospital. He is going to be discharged six weeks after the 10-hour operation on 24 November. Himanshu, who was diagnosed with blockage in intestinal veins, resulting in loss of blood supply to the most parts of the organ, underwent the transplant at Medanta Medicity Hospital.

Dr Soin, who has performed more than 1,500 liver transplants, led a team of 30 doctors who conducted the historic operation. The team included Dr R Mohanka, Dr Randhir Sud, Dr V Vohra, Dr A Rastogi and others.

Though such intestinal transplants have been done earlier by doctors in Gangaram Hospital, in that case the patient died just after 35 days, as his body didn’t respond well to the transplant. Doctors term a transplant  successful only when the patient survives for the next six weeks.

Life was good for the Himanshu until December 2009, when he was suddenly seized by severe abdominal pain. He underwent an emergency laparotomy at a city hospital in which the surgeons found blockage of the main vein of his intestine. Consequently, 95 per cent of his small intestine had to be removed.
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