The concept of Organ transplant is looked at with skepticism even today. People are still apprehensive about surgeries and think that it involves a lot of risks, which makes them decide against it. Organ transplantations can save lives in patients affected by terminal organ failures and improve their quality of life. It has gradually ameliorated in the last two decades and usually provides excellent results.
Such a transformational and brave story belongs to Mr. Vijay Kumar B.P who was suffering from Liver Cirrhosis. Mr. Vijay Kumar experienced various symptoms like severe pain in the legs, swelling of the palms, etc. Naturally, he thought it was a musculoskeletal complication and consulted an orthopedic. When his prescribed antibiotics failed to help him, he felt confused about how to treat his symptoms. Further, he started noticing complications like patchy skin, darker complexion, etc. After moving to Montreal, the symptoms showed up again and he was treated with antibiotics. The symptoms kept on recurring and after a thorough check-up, he was diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis. Mr. Vijay Kumar and his family decided to come back to India for treatment.
Seeing the deteriorating health and weight loss of the patient, the family decided to seek treatment from Vikram Hospital. When they decided to opt for a liver transplant, the family was advised against it by their friends and relatives. The fear attached to the idea of an organ transplant still exists in most people, but Dr. Vikram C Belliappa, Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist provided them with much-needed assurance and education on the matter. Mrs. Deepika Vijay Kumar, the patient’s wife, and donor say that it was with his assistance that they acquired the much-needed confidence to rely on the procedure. Our experts in the field put together an integrated effort to operate and treat Mr. Vijay Kumar. When the patient’s wife decided to be the donor, things went very smoothly and the initial skepticism of the patient and his family were put to rest. After the successful operation, both the donor and the patient recovered under the hospital’s trained and diligent care. Mr. Vijay Kumar and his family are doing great post-surgery. With new and improved stamina and absence of any further complications, Mr. Vijay has begun to lead a normal life like any other.
Mr. Vijay’s story is an example of how organ transplants can help in leading a normal life. The stigma attached to it does nothing to put assurance in people’s mind about the procedure. It is important that people learn from their experience and choose to opt for a transplant when they face dire complications that cannot be cured with any other medical procedure. Their success is something that does not come easily without hard work and dedication. The entire team who took care of Vijay Kumar deserves appreciation for the conscientious and strenuous efforts that they had put in to ensure his well being.