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Liver transplantation performed successfully at BSMMU

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 16 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Liver transplantation performed successfully at BSMMU

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Liver transplantation has been completed successfully at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as part of Mujib Shotoborsho celebration programmes.

BSMMU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Sharfuddin Ahmed disclosed the information while addressing a press conference at Milton Hall of the university at 11:30am on Sunday.  

“Both the liver recipient and liver donor are now doing well. They sought prayers from all for the days coming,” he said.

Sharfuddin Ahmed said the liver transplantation operation continued for more than 12 hours on January 1. Asian Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver transplant surgeon and anaesthesia team of India cooperated in the liver transplantation operation.

Prof Dr AKM Mosharraf Hossain, pro vice-chancellor (academic), Prof Dr Saif Uddin Ahmed, pro vice-chancellor (administration), and Prof Dr Md Moniruzzaman Khan, pro vice-chancellor (research & development), and Prof Dr Mohammed Atiqur Rahman, treasurer of BSMMU, were present in the programme.

Prof Dr Mohammad Hossain, dean of surgery faculty, Prof Dr Masuda Begum, dean of medicine faculty, Prof Dr Md Habibur Rahman Dulal, Dr Swapan Kumar Tapader, registrar (in-charge) and chairmen of different departments, including Prof Dr Md Mohsen Chowdhury, chairman at the Department of Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic and Liver Transplantation Surgery, doctors, teachers, nurses and technologists those were involved in the operation were also present.

Mentioning that a major portion of population of this country are infected with various types of hepatitis virus, Sharfuddin Ahmed said in a survey it was found that only 5 to 10 percent of the population took the vaccine of the virus. 

He said the country needs 4000-5000 liver transplantation approximately every year while in the past people used to go abroad for the liver transplantation as there was no liver transplantation service available in the country.

The BSMMU vice-chancellor said in Bangladesh, approximately 80 lakh patients are affected by liver related disorders every year (according to 2018 survey). One of these is “end-stage liver disease” caused by chronic inflammation where the liver loses its function.

About the liver transplantation done at BSMMU, he said the liver transplantation operation was a living donor liver transplantation; This means that a part of the liver is removed from a donor relative of the patient and transplanted into the patient's body (the patient's entire cirrhotic liver is removed).

Shamima Akter, 34 was the liver donor who donated her liver to her brother Montejar Rahman of Bogura. Some 60 percent of Shamima Akhter's healthy liver was removed from her body. Montezar Rahman's cirrhotic liver was completely removed and 60 percent of Shamima Akter's healthy liver was transplanted.

It should be noted here that the liver of donor ShamimaAkter will regenerate slowly. It is a specialty of the organ called liver.