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Surviving liver transplant with healthy lifestyle

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Bhausaheb Morey cycles ten km and walks another six km on a daily basis




FIT AS A FIDDLE:Bhausaheb Morey (centre) cutting cake for completing seven years of liver transplant at Global Hospital in the city on Tuesday.

HYDERABAD: Surviving liver transplant and that too for seven years after the surgery is no mean task. Dr. Bhausaheb Morey did just that on Tuesday. On February 23, 2003, when liver transplantation technology in Hyderabad was still at its infancy, Dr. Morey underwent liver transplant at Global Hospitals. Since then he has not looked back.

Dr. Morey's success is an example for hundreds of transplantation patients, who struggle with post-operative complications on a daily basis. “There is only one golden rule for success after transplantation. Doctor's advice should be followed strictly,” he says. To mark the completion of seven years and celebrate his ‘seventh birthday', hospital authorities invited Dr. Morey, a practising gynaecologist in Nasik, to Hyderabad.

“For us, this is his seventh birthday because back then he had little chance to survive without a transplant. We have seen patient's give-up the fight too quickly. Thanks to technology, transplantation has become easy. However, it will succeed only if the patient has the will power,” says Dr. Balbir Singh, liver transplant surgeon from the hospital. Back then getting a liver from brain dead person wasn't easy.

“Thanks to Mohan Foundation, we came to know that a brain dead person's liver was available in Chennai. A special flight was chartered to bring the liver to Hyderabad for transplantation,” recalls Dr. Morey. Dr. Morey cycles ten km and walks another six km daily. He also points out that maintaining a clean and healthy lifestyle is vital.

“To avoid rejection of transplanted organ, throughout their lives, patients have to take immunosuppressant drugs. These drugs make body vulnerable to infections and to avoid that, patients have to maintain healthy eating and living habits,” he says.

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