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Lung Transplant at PGIMER, Chandigarh 1st in India by Government Hospital

With a successful lung transplant, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, (PGIMER), Chandigarh, joined the ranks of other hospitals in India with good transplant outcomes.

PGIMER, is the first government hospital in India to perform a lung transplant. Commending his team for this leap forward in the transplant surgery, Prof. Jagat Ram, Director, PGIMER Chandigarh said, “Despite cadaver donor organ transplants picking up at a consistent pace in different pockets in the country, lung transplants are still very uncommon. This is partly because the surgery is complex and technically demanding and also because there are not too many usable lungs. Even the recipients too have to be selected very carefully for these procedures. So it is really heartening that today, PGIMER not only surpasses the 27 number of cadaver organ donations of last year but also has to its credit the ‘first in public sector hospitals’ in lung transplant surgery in India.”

A team of more than 20 doctors and supporting staff comprising of anesthetists Prof. G. D. Puri and Prof. Virendra K. Arya, cardiovascular & thoracic surgeons Prof. Rana Sandip Singh, Dr. Harkant Singh Baryah supervised by Prof. T. Shyam K. Singh, and specialists from Pulmonary Medicine Prof. Ashutosh Aggarwal, Dr. K.T. Prasad, Neurosurgeon Prof. Rajesh …

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