Surgeons from Iran, Pakistan perform successful liver transplant
Islamabad, Iranian and Pakistani surgeons have performed seven successful liver transplants at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) of Pakistan in a week, local media reported.
A senior official at the institute told media that the transplant surgeries were jointly performed by two surgeons from Iran and their colleagues affiliated with the Pakistani institution.
Iranian surgeons from Shiraz were on a visit to the country to perform surgeries at the SIUT.
Shiraz Centre of Transplantation is one of the largest of its kind in the region. The Iranian doctors' visit was part of a collaborative program between the two medical institutions.
So far, 15 living donor liver transplants have been carried out successfully under this initiative, said an SIUT official.
He said liver transplants were part of a regular feature that were organized under the Middle East Society of Organ Transplantation and aimed at sharing expertise and enhancing professional skills of doctors.
All the surgeries were free of cost as a part of the institute's philosophy to treat free with dignity, said the official.
The patients included two minors aged 10 and 11, while the remaining patients were adults.
Officials said all patients represented the low-income group who had travelled from the southern parts of Punjab, Balochistan and other districts of Sindh. They were in no position to bear the heavy cost of liver transplant surgeries privately.
SIUT director Dr Adib Rizvi said an estimated 100,000 liver transplants were required every year and this can only be achieved through deceased organ donation where the patients dying in ICU on ventilators can donate kidneys and liver after family's consent.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA