The first successful and healthy intestinal transplant surgery in India was given to a software engineer on 24 November 2012 at Medanta Medicity, Gurgaon. Because around 60 percent intestinal transplants are not successful due to jettison and higher degree of infection of transplanted organ, therefore the hospital authorities waited for announcing the results till patient recovered completely. The earlier attempts of intestinal transplant in India have always failed.
The chairman managing director of Medanta, Dr Naresh Trehan announced that this was the first successful intestinal transplant in India and it provided new hopes to the country. In context with the intestinal transplant for the Delhi gangrape victim, Dr Trehan declared that the victim was not medically fit for the surgery.
In the patient who received the first successful intestinal transplant in India, merely 28 cm of small intestine was left out of 600 cm. Rest of it was removed completely. Small intestine performs the function of food absorption as well as digestion. But after finding the cadaver donour, the transplant was successfully completed on 24 November 2012. The cost of surgery was 30 lakh Rupees.
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