Apollo group completes 20 years of first liver transplant, patient Sanjay celebrates with hospital

Vishal Malhotra / Photo Journalist : Rahul Kumar Jha

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New Delhi: On the 20th anniversary of the era-changing operation that changed the face of medical science in India, Indraprastha Apollo hospitals showcased the evolution that liver transplants have gone through over the last two decades.

During the anniversary of the transplant the hospital also felicitated Sanjay Kandasamy and his family for the bravery shown since the surgery.

Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director of Apollo marking the occasion said,

“Today marks a special day for Indian medical sciences. It was over 20 years ago that India finally entered the hallowed exclusive club of countries that carried out liver transplants. This pioneering work and the awe-inspiring attitude of patients like Sanjay has ensured that over the last 20 years the Apollo Institutes of Transplant has performed more than 32,000 liver transplants in patients from over 50 countries of which 302 have been children.”

Ace Indian Cricketer, Gautam Gambhir, a long time proponent of organ donation was also present on the occasion. He said,

“Every three minutes a person gets added to the list who need a transplant. Today over 2 lakh Indians are on the list while less than 10% get a transplant. We have to work as a nation to increase our organ donation rate. I have myself pledged my organs in the year 2011 and encourage the youth to raise awareness on organ donation and become donors themselves. This need to become a national movement.”

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