Indian, Pakistani surgeons perform successful liver transplant


A group of Indian and Pakistani doctors have jointly performed a complicated living donour liver transplant procedure at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital for the first time in Pakistan on Saturday.
The living donor liver transplantations ( LDLT) are “highly sensitive and complicated” surgical procedures as two lives – the donor and recipient – are at risk, doctors said.
The joint operations were done by Indian surgeon Subash Gupta, a senior transplant doctor of Apollo Hospital in Delhi, and three of his colleagues and the three-member Pakistani team of Tariq Bangash, Khawar Shahzad and Umer Ali.
“The joint venture of leading Indian and Pakistani transplant surgeons has made history by opening a new era of living-relative liver transplants in Pakistan,” Bangish said.
The first liver transplant was performed on Khanum Maula and the liver was donated by his close relative Irshad Bibi while the second surgery was conducted on 45-year-old Abida Parveen and the liver was donated by her 19-year-old son. It took 12 hours for the surgeons to complete each sensitive procedure. Both recipients were brought to Shaikh Zayed Hospital with complete liver failures.
The Indian doctors visited Pakistan to perform the transplants at the request of the Pakistani surgeons. Before their arrival, surgeons at Shaikh Zayed Hospital finalised arrangements for the sensitive operations and prepared the donors and recipients. The condition of all recipients and donors was stable and they were kept under observation in intensive care for 24 hours. Consultants were put on high alert for post-operative care of the patients for 24 hours, a highly sensitive period for all who undergo hours-long surgeries.
SZH chairman told the reporters that more than 200 patients had applied for transplants in the future and requested the citizens to encourage philanthropy and organ donation in the society.


  1. it is a great news for pakistan,and we are proud that we have such a doctors .GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

  2. I am 40 years old and dignosed liver ciruses and want to enter in the list of liver transplantation at SZH lahore annd request to head of dep. to inlist me for li er tra.splant.My group is O+.pls inlist me.i also need livr donation.I will be thankful for this merci.I again thanks for this .


      Total 4 living donor liver transplants performed at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore to-date despite full facilities and support provided by the hospital and the government.

      First 2 transplants performed entirely by Indian surgeons flown in especially for this purpose.

      Last 2 transplants performed by local shaikh zayed surgeons died immediately post-operatively because of serious surgical complications and mismanagement – media and public kept ignorant deliberately.

      Local Transplant Surgeons have no experience in living donor transplantation. These were the first operations they had ever performed!

      The condition of one of the donors, a young girl, is also critical as she suffered serious injury to her liver caused by these inexperienced surgeons.

      All this information kept a secret from the media and the public.

      The media and the government need to investigate the truth and share it with the public.

      • I have heard that all the patients who had operations done by shaikh zayed surgeons have died within few days. Their surgeons are saying that they did operations correctly but physicians mismanaged cases in ICU. I want to know if it is safe to have a liver transplant done in Shaikh Zayed or should I go to India?

        I have heard that Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad is good place for liver transplantation. Successful transplants are being carried out over there on regular basis and are done safely by expert surgeons.

    In spite of the government having spent millions of rupees in terms of expensive machinery, infrastructure and hiring two highly paid foreign “trained” Liver Transplant Surgeons to provide this essential service to the people of Pakistan, Liver Transplantation in Shaikh Zayed Hospital still seems to be a far fetched dream for most of us waiting desperately for this life saving operation.

    As I am a regular visitor to the Liver Transplant OPD of this hospital, I have been able to gather some alarming facts regarding the safety of Liver Transplantation at this hospital from junior doctors and paramedical staff. The following needs your urgent attention and investigation.

    To-date only 4 Living Donor Liver Transplant Surgeries have been performed at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore.

    The first two Living Donor Liver Transplants were entirely performed and managed by Dr. Subhash Gupta and his team of surgeons, anesthetists and nurses who were specially brought in for this purpose from India.

    It was a matter of great concern and a shock to me when I learned that the third patient (50 year old Mr. Muhammad Anwar of Sialkot ) who was unfortunate enough to be operated independently by the two local surgeons (operation carried out on 24th February 2012 and trumpeted in the press on 25th February 2012) soon after the Indian team had left , died of surgical complications only a few days after his Liver Transplant operation while he was still in the hospital. The hospital administration “ensured” a media black-out so that the news of the death of this unfortunate patient would not reach the media and the press. Junior doctors and paramedics were threatened of dire consequences for fear of this news leaking out.

    I was told by a junior doctor that before the Indian surgeons left, they had clearly informed the administration of the hospital that as per their assessment the two local surgeons were not capable enough to do Living Donor Liver Transplantation and should not perform any such surgeries on their own.

    I have come to know from reliable sources in the hospital that the two local liver transplant surgeons are not trained to do Living Donor Liver Transplantation. In fact, the operation they performed on this unfortunate patient was the first Living Donor Liver Transplant operation that either of the two had ever performed!

    Living Donor Liver Transplants are much bigger, complex and technically demanding operations as compared to Cadaveric Liver Transplantation which is done in Ireland and England where these two surgeons claim to have received their training. Had Mr. Anwar been operated by surgeons with experience in Living Donor Liver Transplantation, he would still be alive and the approximately 5 million rupees spent on this single operation would have been worth it. The whereabouts and present state of health of liver donor, Kamrin, the 19 year old neice of Mr. Muhammad Anwar who underwent a major operation at the risk of her own life to donate half her liver for her uncle, are also unknown.

    Despite this, the same team of surgeons carried out another Living Donor Liver Transplant operation on Mr.Abdul Rasheed of Samanabad, Lahore on June 20, 2012 (again trumpeted in the press as a successful transplant). What was not reported in the press was that this operation also failed badly. Mr. Abdul Rasheed had to be re-operated the very next day, kept alive in a critical condition on a ventilator in the ICU and died of serious surgical complications only a few days later. Mr. Rasheed’s young niece, who had donated half her liver in this case suffered serious injury to her liver during this operation; her whereabouts to this day are unknown. In this second case also, a complete media blackout was carried out by the hospital administration and this successive mortality was never reported in the press. Approximate cost of this failed operation was again assessed to be close to 5 million.

    The patients who died and their relatives would never have given consent for this operation had they been made aware of the above facts before the operation. If these facts were now made available to the relatives of the deceased patients it would be a matter for severe civil liabilities and recommendation of criminal negligence by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and the Punjab Health Commission.

    My request is that the credentials of these surgeons be examined, certificates of training from their trainers in the UK or elsewhere be obtained which should state categorically that these two surgeons are competent and have been trained to perform Living Donor Liver Transplantation independently before they are allowed to operate any further. If they are allowed to carry out any more “experimental” operations on the Pakistani public now, further deaths will be the responsibility of the hospital administration, the Punjab Government and also the press. Any further deaths at the hands of these two surgeons will leave the hospital administration open to prosecution and civil liabilities.

    • I think it is the duty of the government and the press to investigate this matter before more people are killed.

  4. جگر ٹرانسپلانٹ طریقہ کار، ہمارے عمل بہت آسان ہے اور آپ کو علاج کے لئے آپ کے گھر جانے سے پہلے یہ عام طور پر صرف 7-10 دن لیتا ہے. آپ کو ایک محفوظ اور فوری طبی تین کے امکانات کو بڑھانے کے لئے، مناسب طریقے سے ہماری ہدایات پر عمل کرنے کی ضرورت ہے

  5. How would the hospital plead in the face of glaring evidence onbungled sugeries and gross patient mismanagement in the wards?

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