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Criteria for being a Liver Donor



Liver donation in which a part of the liver of a healthy person is removed by an operation and used for transplant, is very safe. The donor is in hospital for 7-10 days, rests at home for 2-3 weeks and is then as well as he was before the operation. The liver regenerates (i.e., grows back to its normal size) within 2-3 weeks. The living liver donor should be a 18-55 years old, willing and healthy family person weighing between 50-85 kg, should not be overweight or obese (since such people tend to have fatty livers that may not work well in the recipient), and should have either the same blood group as the patient's or blood group "O". The screening tests recommended for prospective donors are CBC, PT, LFTs, Serum creatinine, HBsAg, HCV antibody, HIV I,II, Chest X ray, ECG and Ultrasound of the abdomen. The final approval however, will be given by Dr. Soin after further detailed testing at Delhi.

Cadaveric Donor Waiting List

The Medanta has a long waiting list since cadaveric organs are not frequently available. Priority on the list is decided on the disease severity and first-come first served basis. Although foreigners and Indians stand an equal chance of obtaining a cadaveric organ under this system, the list is long and the wait may well be several months or even a year. A long wait is logistically impossible for most foreigners travelling to Delhi for transplant. Hence, they are all advised to bring along suitable living donors.

Liver transplant cost in india

Operation costs
  1. Medanta is a Trust Hospital and the costs are subsidized to about to 1/6 of those in the other centres abroad.

  2. The cost varies somewhat according to the condition of the patient, the cause of liver disease, the degree and the length of preparation required for the patient prior to transplant, and the treatment of any associated medical problems that may be necessary before the transplant. The cost estimate is provided once Dr. Soin has assessed the medical records of the case.

  3. All charges are the same and standard for both Indian and foreign patients. 

  4. All charges can be paid either in Indian rupees as cash, or drafts in Indian rupees in the name of the hospital or by credit card. The current conversion of the Indian rupee is Rs. 45 to 1 US Dollar.
Cost of living in Delhi
The cost of living in 3-4 star comfort at a nearby hotel would be approximately USD 125 per person per week.

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Dr. A. S. Soin, Chairman
Medanta Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Medanta
The Medicity, Sector 38, Gurgaon,
Haryana 122001, India.
Office Tel : +91- 124-4855-222, +0124-4855-444
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+91- 124 4834111
Cell Phone : +91-88002 76222, 99992 82222, 88002 67222