Hyderabad fast emerging as hub of liver transplant in India

HYDERABAD: The city is fast emerging into a hub of liver transplant in India, with the latest statistics from the state-run Jeevandan programme revealing that from January 2013 to October 2014, a total of 77 livers were retrieved from cadavers for transplantation. Last month, Apollo Hospitals successfully performed liver transplant in India in three critically-ill patients in a span of 40 hours, with cadaver-donated organs in two cases and a live donor in one instance. One of the patients even flew down from the United States for the operation. The team also faced a logistical challenge when it had to transport a liver from a brain-dead patient in Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad by a commercial flight before transplanting it in one...

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Nigerian gets the best Xmas gift: She can walk again!

Ethel, who had severe deformities, was bedridden for six years and had given up all hope of walking Knee & Hip joint replacement, with Computer Assisted Navigation Technology "This year's Christmas will be the most memorable and I will celebrate it with great enthusi­asm after six years," says the emotional husband of 45-year ­old Ethel who operated successfully for knee and hip joint replacement surgery with computer assisted Navigation Technology. The 45-year-old lady from Nigeria who had severe deformities in both her lower limbs, hips and arms had given up all hope of walking. Her daily chores were done by her hus­band. "Fir six years she has been bed-ridden and needed constant support as I carried out her day-to-day chores," says...

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Fostering stronger ties with Uzbekistan through medical tourism India

By Omar A Siddiqui, Managing Director, Medicure Medical Travels Ties between India and Uzbekistan haven't been as stronger as in the recent times. A slow but steady thing that has propelled these ties is the emergence of Medical Tourism India brand.  Despite the issue of language barrier patients from Uzbekistan are coming to India for treatments and surgeries. The primary reason is the cost advantage and availability of high quality of treatments. A majority of patients from Uzbekistan come to India for medical treatments for these two reasons mentioned above. The Uzbekistan healthcare is state funded and the  allocation for healthcare is about 9.9% of the total budget. After the Soviet-Era the healthcare system of Uzbekistan has declined. The treatments...

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Pakistani boy undergoes successful facial reconstructive surgery in India

For Arshad and Raziya from Pakistan, it was difficult to digest when their son was born with a severe cleft (a gap in the soft tissue, bone, or both) on his face. People, even relatives, began to shun the child on seeing his deformed face. Luckily for the couple, help came from India, when a senior surgeon at a private hospital in Chennai performed a complex facial reconstructive surgery on the 18-month-old boy and ensured that he would live a normal life. The child, Noman Ali, was born with a severe face defect called bilateral Tessier's facial cleft which began in his mouth and extended all the way to his nose and eye sockets, affecting his vision as well. He...

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102-year-old woman implanted with pacemaker in India

Making her the oldest woman to have successfully undergone the surgery in the private sector, 102-year-old Maya Devi from Panipat was implanted with a pacemaker at the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in the city. The operation has given a new lease of life to the patient, who was brought to the hospital following a stroke and having suddenly collapsed at home. Aparna Jaswal, senior consultant in the Department of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology at the hospital, who led a team of cardiologist and anaesthetists to perform the surgery in a record time of less than 20 minutes last week, said: “In the previous two cases, pacemakers were implanted in 105-year-old men at PGIMER Chandigarh and Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of...

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