|dethalternate||Date: Saturday, 05-January-2013, 2:18 PM | Message # 1|
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|NEW DELHI: Himanshu's long wait for food has finally come true after more than two years' wait that involved being hospitalized 11 times, undergoing six surgeries and suffering from serious infections thrice. |
Himanshu, a 30-year-old software engineer who has had better luck than the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim Nirbhaya, has become India's first recipient of a successful intestinal transplant.
Had Nirbhaya lived long, she too would have ultimately needed one.
Back in 2009, Himanshu had complained of severe stomach ache. An emergency laparotomy was conducted and doctors found that he was suffering from thrombosis (blockage) of the main vein of his intestine (superior mesenteric vein) which resulted in loss of blood supply to most of his intestine.
Subsequently, 95% of his small intestine (usually six metres long) had to be removed, leaving him with just 28 cm of it. This saved his life, but also meant that he would never be able to eat solid food orally.
The small intestine is where 90% of the digestion and food absorption occurs. Chemical digestion with enzymes and bile acids take place here which breaks down food into a form that can be absorbed and then sent to various tissues of the body. Once broken down, the nutrients are absorbed by small intestines' inner walls into the blood stream.
Doctors at Gurgaon's Medanta Medicity evaluated and counseled Himanshu for an intestinal transplant and put him on the waiting list.
Himanshu waited for two years before he got lucky with a matched organ. On November 24, 2012, doctors found a perfect match.
A 20-year-old patient who had passed away had the same blood group and was fit to donate.
Read more/Full article/source - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india....185.cms