The first liver transplantation in Bangladesh was successfully completed on 3rd of June, 2010 at BIRDEM, Dhaka.
The liver transplantation was performed under the care of Dept. of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, BIRDEM with active participation of other departments. The liver transplant was lead by Professor Mohammad Ali, the Chief liver transplant surgeon of BIRDEM. His eight member surgical team includes Prof. S.M. Abu Zafar, Dr. Md Mamunur Rashid, Dr.Mohd. Mustaque Hossain, Dr. Hashim Rabbi, Dr. A H M Tanvir Ahmed, Dr. Kazi Mahbuba Akhtar & Dr. Hasina Alam. The surgical team was co-operated by chief liver transplant surgeon of Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals New Delhi Dr. Subash Gupta, Dr. Vivek Vij and Dr. Neerav Goyal. Team of Anesthetists lead by Dr. Col (Rtd.) Hamidur Rahman, Prof. Nur Nabi Chowdhury,Dr. Mahbub Hasan Munir & Dr. Kawsar Shardar were cooperated by Dr. Sanjeev Aneja. Prof. Md. Omar Faruq, Dr. A H M Areef Ahsan (Critical Care Medicine) and their team were cooperated by Dr. Pankaj Lohia. Team of Gastroenterology-Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Disorders (GHPD) department was lead by Prof. M. Anisur Rahman, associated by Dr. Mohsin Kabir and Dr. Golam Azam. Dr. Haider Ali performed the Doppler study of the transplanted liver.
The first liver Transplant was done on 3rd June 2010 in the operation theatre of Ibrahim cardiac hospital and research institute. The recipient was Mr. Kazi Ershad Ahmed from Comilla. He had been suffering from liver Cirrhosis for a long time and received various treatments at home & abroad. In spite of all efforts he had reached End stage liver failure. His maternal uncle Mr. Khaled Abdullah donated his right lobe of liver as the last resort to save his life.
The liver transplant started on 3rd June 2010 at 7.30am and ended at 12.30am on 4th June (17 hours), at the two adjoining operation theaters.
Professor Mohammad Ali returned to Bangladesh after getting training in various liver transplant centers in abroad for starting liver transplant in the home country. He started the first Department of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery of Bangladesh at BIRDEM in 1999. Simultaneously, this department started organizing for starting liver transplantation and finally successfully completed the first liver transplant in Bangladesh.
Successful completion of the first liver transplantation at BIRDEM hospital is a milestone in the medical history of Bangladesh.
To make this liver transplantation possible in BIRDEM hospital, participation and active cooperation of many departments and institutions were involved.
Actively participated Departments and organizations are Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute, Organ transplant unit of BADAS, Dept. of Anesthesiology , Dept. of Critical Care Medicine, Gastroenterology-Hepatobiliary-Pancreatic Disorders (GHPD), Dept of Surgery, Laboratory services, Radiology and Imaging Services, Transfusion Medicine, Dept of Immunology, Administration and Logistic Dept. and Dept. of Nursing.
Different Private and public institutions have supported this liver transplantation programme. Specially, Dutch Bangla Bank Foundation,Armed forces Institute of Pathology, National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh, Gastroliver Hospital and Research Institute and Popular Diagnostic Centre .
Mr. Ershad Ahmed (42yr.) recipient of 1st liver transplant in Bangladesh left BIRDEM on July 6, 2010.