Bhaktapur, December 18

Human Organ Transplant Center, Bhaktapur, which recently performed a successful liver transplant surgery, is ready to deal with more such pending cases.

Aarati Rai, senior liver transplant anesthesiologist at HOTC, said they were ready to deal with 15 pending cases, which require liver transplant. Every year more than 1,000 people are diagnosed with liver failure in Nepal.

Balaram Naga, a 36 year-old man from Suryavinayak, who underwent the first successful liver transplant surgery at HOTC, had previously been diagnosed with liver failure. Having lost his father not too long ago, he was devastated when he was strongly advised by his doctor to have a liver transplant performed in India immediately.

“After a lengthy and serious consultation with the doctors at KMC hospital, I went to India and learned that the transplant would cost an estimated Rs 8 million to 10 million. I have already spent Rs 700,000 of my savings, just for medical check-ups.”

Naga, a small clothing store owner, heaved a huge sigh of relief when he was offered the transplant free of cost by HOTC doctors.

The liver donor, Naga’s 42 year old sister, Sanu Maya Lage,from Golmadi, Bhaktapur has been discharged and is now recovering at home. “We have been providing all necessary treatment although she does not have to take any medication,” said Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, executive director of HOTC, Bhaktapur.

“My brother and I have always shared a loving bond and I feel pleased to have been able to give him new life,” said Sanu Maya. She shared that her family had all but given up hopes of his survival.

Hope resurfaced when Dr Gaurav Panta (physiotherapist at HOTC), a childhood friend of Lage, informed them about the newly introduced liver transplant service at HOTC, Bhaktapur. “I lost my sister in the earthquake last year, I did not wish to lose my brother too,” said the donor.