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Global Hospitals to start multi-organ transplant centre in Mumbai

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A multi-organ transplant hospital to perform heart, liver, kidney, lungs and bone marrow  transplants will soon be coming up in Mumbai.

Global Hospitals group is planning to set up a 400-bed tertiary care centre in Lower Parel, Mumbai with an investment of Rs 200 crore.

The hospital is expected to start functioning by January 2011.

The new hospital will be a multi-specialty centre of excellence with focus on gastroenterology, liver, kidney, minimal access surgery, cardiology, trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, oncology, digestive, urological diseases, multi-organ transplantation and stem cell therapy offering therapeutic, surgical and diagnostic services under one roof.

Global has been known for international expertise to state –of-the art infrastructure. Global also claims to be the first centre in India to launch liver dialysis facility.

Liver transplantation is a complex procedure. Right from finding a donor to recovering enough to ensure that the organ has been accepted by the body, this is one of the most difficult surgeries to undertakepeaking about liver diseases and liver transplantation, stated Dr Mohamed Rela head of liver transplant unit of the Global Hospitals Group.

Given the high incidence of hepatitis-B and hepatitis-C in India, a large number of people in the country are in need of transplant operations.

Organ transplant is the last option when a vital organ like heart, liver, kidneys etc fail.

Kidney failure, heart disease, lung disease and cirrhosis of the liver are all conditions that might be effectively treated by a transplant.

For problems with the heart, the lungs and other highly sensitive organs, a transplant is typically the course of last resort.

Kidneys and livers may be transplanted from a living donor, since people are born with an extra kidney and the liver is regenerative.

Even a lung can be transplanted from a living donor, but this is still very rare. For these procedures, a patient will generally find a willing donor in a friend or family member. If the donor is a match, they can proceed directly to the surgery stage.

If a patient needs a heart transplant, a double lung transplant, a pancreas transplant or a cornea transplant, they will need to get it from a cadaverous (deceased) donor.

Generally, acceptable donors are people who are brain dead but on artificial life support.
Even though they are technically dead, their body is still functioning, which means the organs remain healthy.

Organs will deteriorate very quickly after the body itself expires, making them unusable for transplant.

Global Hospitals plan to open similar centres in Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Delhi.The hospital will be investing Rs 200 crore for the Kolkata facility and Rs 300 crore for its facility in Bhubaneshwar, according to Dr K Ravindranath, CMD, Global Hospitals.

“Having established a strong and credible presence in South India, we now want to expand our reach across India. The setting up of the Mumbai facility is in full swing,” Dr Ravindranath added.

Global Hospitals group has hospitals already functioning in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.

Global is one of the leading hospitals in India in performing liver, heart, lung, kidney, and heart-lung transplantation, as well as bone marrow transplantation.

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