Apollo Shares Achievements and Plans for the Liver Transplant Program

By Apollo Hospitals, PRNE
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CHENNAI, India, May 25, 2011 -

- 100 Transplant Surgeries Completed in the Shortest Time Span at a
Success Rate Over 90%

- Largest Program for Cadaver Transplant in India

- Compound Packages for Treatments With no Hidden Costs

- Future Growth Plans in Other Cities Across the Country

Apollo centre for liver disease and transplantation has
completed 100 liver transplantations in less than 4 years with over 90%
success rate, creating a milestone in the history of medicine. There is a
noticeable rise in the cases of liver diseases in India which will result in
a greater need for treatment in the coming future than the current
availability. As a pioneer in the healthcare sector, Apollo Hospitals is
fortifying the facilities throughout the country to meet and battle the need.

Addressing the media Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo
Hospitals Group said, "Apollo is the only healthcare unit in India to
establish a world class facility for an independent liver transplantation
program. We offer the patients comfort and care in all aspects of treatment
and we also try to provide them a compound financial package which helps them
in planning and accounting expenses. Understanding that liver treatment is
still an expensive cure in India, we are also working with leading financial
institutions for easy arrangement of finances for the patients and their next
of kin."

He further added, "Apollo Chennai has the largest and only
cadaver transplant department in the country. This is again a benchmark in
the Indian healthcare scenario where every other program consists of living
transplants which is a troublesome process involving the patient and a

Elaborating on the Liver Transplant Program, Dr. Anand Khakhar, Senior
Consultant Liver Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery and program Director for
the Liver Transplant Program at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai said, "Liver
transplantation is a surgical procedure whereby a diseased or failing liver
is either removed and replaced by a whole new liver from a deceased donor, or
where part of a healthy liver from a living donor is removed and inserted to
the failing liver of the recipient".

He also added "The 100 surgeries benchmark has been crossed by the
Chennai department much faster than the programs in other cities such as
Delhi or Mumbai. The goal of the program is to not only raise awareness about
the importance of a healthy liver and the dangers that can be caused by a
liver disease, but to also provide the access to treatment geographically and

Liver failure is a potentially fatal condition in which the liver
progressively stops performing its functions resulting in episodes of
jaundice, accumulation of fluid in the body, blood vomiting and confusion.
Conditions such as Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C infection, excess alcohol
consumption, diseases such as Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and Primary
Sclerosing Cholangitis can cause this state.

About Apollo Hospitals

In 1983, Dr Pratap C Reddy, the architect of modern Indian
healthcare, launched the first corporate hospital in India- Apollo Hospitals
Chennai. Today, an integrated healthcare company, the Apollo Hospitals Group
has over 8,000 beds across 54 hospitals, more than 1000 pharmacies and 100
diagnostic clinics, medical business process outsourcing services, health
insurance services, and clinical research divisions with a focus on
epidemiological studies, stem cell research and genetic research. To develop
talent for the burgeoning need of superior healthcare delivery, the Apollo
Hospitals Group has 15 nursing and hospital management colleges. These
accomplishments have earned Apollo Hospitals Group accolades such as the
Centre of Excellence from the Government of India and recognition from the
Joint Commission International (seven of our hospitals are JCI accredited).
In a rare honor, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in
2009, in recognition of Apollo's contribution, the first for a health care
organization. Apollo, for over 27 years, has continuously excelled and
maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services
and cutting edge research. The hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the
best hospitals globally for advanced medical services.

    Media Contact:
    Aashima Malik


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