Actor SonuSood helps seven-month-oldSafanAli receive a liver transplantat Aster Medcity, Kochithrough the Second Chance Initiative
- The Second Chance initiative was launched by Bollywood Actor SonuSood in partnership with Aster Volunteers, CSR arm of Aster DM Healthcare to support underprivileged children in need of liver transplant
- Safan Ali is the first child to benefit from the liver transplant programme which would support 50 children in the first phase.
- Children from underprivileged families can seek to undergo the liver transplant at Aster CMI and Aster RV Hospitals in Bangalore, and Aster Medcity and Aster MIMS Hospital Calicut in Kerala, India. Families in need can seek further information by Whatsapp on these 24 x7 helplines: 8113078000, 9656000601.
Dubai,July21, 2022:The Second Chance Initiative launched by Aster Volunteers in association with Bollywood Actor SonuSood treated its first patient – seven-month-old Mohammed Safan Ali. His mother was the donor and he underwent the liver transplantat Aster Medcity Hospital in Kochi, India.
SafanAli was brought to Aster when he was four months old. He was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a rare condition where the bile ducts or the tube that connects the liver to the intestine does not develop. This results in jaundice and yellowish discolouration of the eyes, which subsequently leads to liver failure. Following a failed surgical intervention in his native Karimnagar, Telangana, he progressed to have severe jaundice and cirrhosis which necessitated a liver transplant. It was then through the help of SonuSood that the patient reached Aster Medcity in Kochi and underwent a successful liver transplant procedure.
The surgical procedure was performed by a select team of surgeons including Dr. Charles Panackel, Senior Consultant Hepatologist, Dr. Geetha Mammayil, Paediatric Gastroenterology, Dr. Sudheer Muhammed M, Consultant Surgeon, Dr. Biju Chandran, and Consultant Surgeon.
Speaking on the initiative Dr. Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman & Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare said, “Liver Transplant is a prohibitively expensive lifesaving quaternary treatment done only at a very few hospitals in the country. The Integrated Liver Transplant team at Aster has performed one amongthe largest series of Paediatric liver transplants in the country, which is the only option for survival for most cases. The humongous expenses for this, though it is the lowest in India at Aster, is beyond the means of most parents. We are glad that with the Second Chance initiative for Liver Transplantdone in association with Shri. SonuSood, we have been able to save Mohammed Safan Ali from the clutches of death at a young age.”
Mr.SonuSood, an actor by profession, has chosen to commit unstinted patronage to the Second Chance initiativewhich is set to benefit49 more children from low-income families. Following the announcement of the initiative, many adult patients have also stepped forward to seek support.
“India has taken huge strides in the advancement of medical care but the access of the same is still miles away for patients like Safan Ali and his family, and mostly because of the high cost. Through this association with Second Chance initiative, we hope to give life to more patients like Safan Ali,” said Bollywood Actor SonuSood.
Aster Hospitals’newly launched Multi-Organ Transplant facilities are multi-institutional and multidisciplinary centres designed to provide the best transplant experience. The centres are manned by skilled teams of surgeons with technical expertise in performing different types of transplants including Liver, Kidney, Heart, Lung, Cornea and Bone Marrow.The centre at Aster Medcity is one of the largest paediatric liver transplant programmes in South India, supporting comprehensive care for liver diseases in children. Empowered with vast experience in hepato-pancreato biliary and abdominal multi-organ transplant surgeries, the teamhas completed over 500 successful Liver Transplant Surgeries within the Aster Hospitals in India.
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