Liver Transplant Center named after Arsalan, the first liver donor in Pakistan
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani went to meet the parents of M. Arslan, the 15 year-old boy in Lahore who donated his liver to save another life of a patient at Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore,first successful liver transplant operation by Pakistani doctors.The Prime Minister highly appreciated the gesture of teenager donor and as a token of recognition of his exceptional humanitarian gesture the Prime Minister announced that the Shaikh Zayed Hospital Liver Transplant Center will be now called Arslan Institute of Liver Transplant Center.
The Prime Minister said that Arslan has left a legacy which is worth cherishing by others. He said that there was a need to create awareness among people to donate their organs for the deserving patients to save their lives.
The Prime Minister also disclosed that Liver Transplant Center Programme will commence at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS)Islamabad very soon where full fledged facilities have been provided to undertake such a delicate operation like liver transplant.
The Prime Minister said that cost of the operation at PIMS,Islamabad will be one third of the total which is being spent by the patients at present in India or China.
The Prime Minister said that the center at PIMS would reduce the waiting time to half because a part of the liver of living human being will be transplanted for the treatment of liver patient while the donors will continue to lead normal and healthy life.
It may be recalled that this project of establishing LDTC for treatment of hepatitis patients was announced by the Prime Minister on November 4, 2010 on the occasion of launching ceremony of Prime Minister’s programme for hepatitis prevention and control.http://bit.ly/pmo7W4