Intestinal transplant saves man's life

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 18:00 hrs

Gurgaon, Jan 4 (IANS) A team of 30 doctors at Medanta Hospital successfully transplanted the intestines of a 30-year-old man in November 2012, a hospital spokesperson said here Friday.

The 10-hour surgery was conducted by a team of 30 doctors in Nov 2012 at the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, the spokesperson said.

Himanshu Singh, 30, had a rare disorder which necessitated the removal of his small intestines. He waited three years for a suitable donor.

"It was a rarest of the rare case and we were hopeless as 95 percent of his small intestines were removed," J.P. Singh, Himanshu's father, told IANS.

Resident of Ghaziabad, Himanshu was an IT professional. In Dec 2009, he complained of severe abdominal pain and was rushed to a local hospital.

"He was diagnosed with thrombosis of the main vein of the intestine which resulted in loss of blood supply to most of his intestine," A.S. Soin, chairman, Institute of Liver Transplantation at Medanta, said.

Himanshu was dependent on intravenous nutrition for three years.

The donor was a deceased 20-year-old man, Soin said.

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