Amid the COVID-19 lockdown in India, the liver transplant team at Global Hospital Parel, Mumbai pulled out all the stops to save the lives of two village children suffering from liver cancer, helping to raise funds for their treatment, even dedicating an entire Intensive Care Unit block for their surgeries to ensure their safety.
Headed by liver surgeons Dr Ravi Mohanka and Dr Anurag Shrimal, the operations on 18 and 20 May gave a fresh lease of life to 9-year-old Mayuri Dhembre and 7-year-old Aradhya Sarode. Both children suffered from hepatoblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, and had to undergo liver transplant to receive part of their mother's liver without delay.
Despite the disruptions caused by the pandemic, the hospital team rose to the challenge, doing everything they could to ensure a successful outcome.
Said Dr Anurag Shrimal, "After the long and complex surgeries, the recipients and donors were moved to a dedicated ICU with complete isolation. The doctors and the nurses provided round-the-clock care to the children to ensure smooth post-operative recovery. We ensured the safety of the children with compulsory use of personal protective equipment, good isolation practices and social distancing. Even the fathers were only allowed to see the kids by video conference calls."
Our staff even went the extra mile to help the families who could not afford the treatment to raise funds from various trusts and crowdfunding campaigns. We are happy that both children are recovering well after discharge.