First public sector SZH performs liver transplant in Pakistan

LAHORE: The first and only Liver Transplant Unit of Kidney Center of Sheikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) has performed 70 liver transplants so far since its inception.

These views were expressed by Associate Prof Dr Amir Latif of the Liver Transplant Unit of Kidney Center of Shaikh Zayed Hospital (SZH) in an exclusive talk with APP on Sunday.

He said transplant was the cheapest in the region and its cost was just Rs 3.5 million while it was being performed at least Rs 6.5 million in India and other neighbouring countries. Responding to a question, he said survival ratio was 85 percent after transplant but it might be different as some patients could live up to even 20 years after transplant.

He said liver diseases were increasing in the country at a sharp pace, adding that kidney of a donor could be transplanted to two people. “The liver can be donated to two people as its 30 per cent is enough for a healthy body. Even one man can donate 50 percent of his liver,” he said. He said lungs and hearts could also be donated to an ailing person. “According to the Cadaver Human Tissue Ordinance 2009 and its passage in form of an act in the 18th Amendment, now it is a legal practice to transplant donated organs,” he said.

Prof Amir Latif said through cadaver donation, transplants could be performed every year. “There is an urgent need to motivate people to donate their organs in larger interest of the ailing humanity,” he added. APP