Kochi: A Sri Lankan native has got a new lease of life amid
the lockdown chaos as he underwent a successful liver transplant at the south
Indian state of Kerala, which enjoys a reputation for exemplary health
Muhammed Fayas Mohideen (46), an employee of a tour company
based in Colombo, was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease over a year ago.
Doctors had then cautioned him that he would only have a few months left to
live unless he undergoes a liver transplant.
The island nation, though, doesn’t have such treatment
facilities. Fayas had no second thoughts and decided to consult medical experts
in Kerala. He flew down to Kochi last November and consulted Dr Abhishek Yadav,
Head of Comprehensive Liver Care Institute, VPS Lakeshore Hospital.
After undergoing intensive medical check-ups, Fayas had made
up his mind to undergo the complex procedure at the Kochi hospital itself and
flew back to find a donor. His daughter Fathima Hasbath Mohideen, a degree
student, came up for her father’s rescue.
The father-daughter duo just managed to catch the last flight
to Kochi on March 19 before the lockdown measures were clamped in the south
Indian state. He finally underwent the liver transplant surgery lasting several
hours on May four. Both the father and the daughter are in good health after
the complex procedure.
Fayas, whose joy knew no boundaries, is now eagerly waiting
for international flight operations to resume to return to his homeland along
with his daughter. He was discharged from the hospital on May 18.
“The surgery was a complex one as a small part of a blood vessel
was further needed to be harvested from a brain-death donor from Thiruvananthapuram
and utilised,” said Dr Yadav while celebrating the birthday of Fayas the other
VPS Lakeshore Hospital CEO S K Abdulla said this was one among the six liver transplants done at the hospital during the lockdown, including that of a seven-year-old girl.