First Successful Liver Transplant of Bangladesh at BIRDEM,hospital, Dhaka

The first liver transplantation in Bangladesh was successfully done on 3rd June 2010 . Dept. of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, BIRDEM Hospital organized the transplant with the leadership of Chief liver transplant surgeon, Professor Mohammad Ali . His team included Prof. S.M. Abu Zafar, Dr. Md Mamunur Rashid, Dr.Md Mustaque Hossain, Dr. Hashim Rabbi, Dr. A H M Tanvir Ahmed, Dr. Kazi Mahbuba Akhtar & Dr. Hasina Alam., The members of the Anesthetic team were Dr. Col (Rtd.) Hamidur Rahman, Prof. Nur Nabi Chowdhury, Dr Mahbub Hasan & Dr. Kawsar Shardar. Prof. Md. Omar Faruq and Dr. A H M Areef Ahsan offered the intensive care support. Team of Gastroenterology-Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Disorders (GHPD) department included Prof. M. Anisur Rahman , Dr. Mohsin Kabir and Dr. Golam Azam . Dr. Haider Ali performed the doppler study of the transplanted liver.
The liver transplant team of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India headed by the chief liver transplant surgeon, Dr. Subash Gupta helped in the transplant.
The first liver Transplant was performed in the operation theatre of Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute (ICHRI). The procedure started on 3rd June 2010 at 7.30am and ended at 12.30 am on 4th June (17 hours), in two adjoining operation theaters. The recipient was Mr. Kazi Ershad Ahmed (42), from Comilla who had been suffering from liver disease for a long time and received treatment at home & abroad. Despite all treatment he ended up in end stage liver disease (cirrhosis) for which liver transplant is the only treatment. His maternal uncle Mr. Khaled Abdullah (29) donated his right lobe of liver as the last resort to save his life. After the transplant both the recipient and donor are doing well.Successful completion of the first liver transplantation at BIRDEM hospital received special thanks and appreciation from both the government and non government organizations. It was well publicized in the electronic and print media of both home and abroad.
On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the honorable minister, Prof.A.F.M Ruhul Haque MP, sent a letter of appreciation and congratulated Prof. Mohammad Ali and his team for achieving such a long cherished goal and making a mile stone in the medical history of Bangladesh. He applauded the overall development of skill and expertise in this field at BIRDEM hospital. He hopes that this land mark of professionalism in medical sector will inspire medical professionals and also contribute in building trust on our skill and expertise within the country and abroad. He also informed this great historical news to members of the parliament in the session of national assembly of Bangladesh.
It may be mentioned here that, Professor Mohammad Ali returned to Bangladesh in 1999 after getting training in various liver transplant centers in abroad with the dream to achieve this goal in his own country and started the first Department of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery Bangladesh at BIRDEM. He made arrangement of many patients for liver transplant done in abroad and tirelessly organized the liver transplant team for starting liver transplant in Bangladesh
To make this first liver transplantation successful, active participation and cooperation of many departments and institutions were involved .Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute (ICHRI), Organ transplant unit of BADAS, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Dept. of Critical Care Medicine, Gastroenterology-Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Disorders (GHPD), Dept of Surgery, Laboratory services, Radiology and Imaging Services, Transfusion Medicine, Dept of Immunology, Hospital Administration, Logistic Dept and Dept. of Nursing. Different government and private institutions also offered their help in the transplantation programme with their services and equipments. Specially , Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital & Research Institute (ICHRI), Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh, Gastro liver Hospital and Research Institute and Popular Diagnostic Centre.
A farewell seminar and press conference was arranged at BIRDEM auditorium on July 6, 2010. Mr. Ershad was greeted with flowers and standing ovation by everybody. The message of honorable National Professor Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim, founder of BADAS is written as ‘‘Grateful for giving the opportunity to serve you.”

With this historical event Bangladesh entered in a new era of transplant surgery and Prof. Mohammad Ali and his team are looking forward to do more liver transplants regularly and the patient of end stage liver disease will get the service in their own country.

First Liver Transplant of Bangladesh went home

Mr. Ershad Ahmed (42yr.) recipient of 1st liver transplant in Bangladesh left BIRDEM on July 6, 2010.Mr. Khaled Abdullah (29 yr.) left hospital on June 22, 2010.

Mr. Ershad has uncomplicated recovery. He left ICU on 16th post transplant day and was shifted to hospital cabin. He is on normal diet and immunosuppressive drugs according to set protocol.

A farewell seminar and press conference was arranged at BIRDEM auditorium on July 6, 2010. Mr. Ershad was greeted with flowers and standing ovation by everybody. The message of honorable National Professor Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim, founder of BADAS is written as ‘‘Grateful for giving the opportunity to serve you.”

 


 

 

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