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Namal Udugama Undergoes Successful Liver Transplant At Global Hospitals

Namal Udugama’s daughter presenting a bouquet of flowers to Dr Gomathy Narasimhan

When there is no other option than a liver transplant to save one’s life, then it is advisable to get it done at the earliest in order to get a better outcome. There are many living examples where people with end stage liver failure are leading a quality life with very little compromise, subsequent to a successful liver transplant. This was possible for all of them only because they received the treatment at the right time.

“Outcomes of liver transplant can be excellent if one reaches a tertiary care facility for transplant at the right time for further work-up and transplant procedure. The story of our singer Namal Udugama says it all. After having undergone a successful liver transplant procedure a few weeks ago, he is now all set to rock the world with his voice once again,” said M. F. A.Riyas, Chairman, Forte Group of companies, addressing the media in Colombo on Tuesday, April 21.

Namal Udugama, a renowned Sri Lankan singer, was diagnosed with liver problems and his condition was being managed medically in Sri Lanka. In February 2015, Namal’s life turned upside down when his condition severely deteriorated and he was kept under close observation in ICU. Having been left with only the option of going in for a liver transplant, he chose Global Health City for further treatment procedures.

Dr Gomathy Narasimhan – Senior Consultant HPB & Liver Transplant Surgery at Global Health City, Chennai said, “Upon his arrival at our hospital, he was completely evaluated by our liver transplant team and he was subsequently advised to undergo work-up for liver transplant. One good thing about Mr. Namal’s case was that no time was wasted in getting the tertiary care support for liver transplant procedure and his work-up for the same could be started at the right time. His wife’s cousin came forward to donate a part of his liver for transplantation. Our liver transplant team spearheaded by Prof. Mohamed Rela immediately swung into action and performed the transplant procedure successfully. Post surgery, he recovered very fast and now he is in the ward. He is expected to be discharged in the next couple of days and will continue to rock your world with his songs and music again”.

A voice cut of Namal Udugama was also released at the media briefing, where he said, “When I came from Sri Lanka a few weeks back, I and my family members had no hope. However the doctors and other staff at Global Hospital were very kind to me and treated my condition with utmost care. Days after my surgery, I can now function independently and go about my daily affairs like any other normal person. I sincerely thank Prof. Mohamed Rela and his team for giving me a second lease in life”.

Commenting further, Dr Gomathy said, “Having one of the leading liver transplant programmes in India which caters to the needs of almost 20 countries in SARRC, Middle East and African nations, we come across patients with different stages of liver failure to whom a transplant is the only life-saving-option. While some patients come to know about their conditions a bit late, others come to tertiary care facilities too late for further treatment process. Our experience has shown us that the treatment outcomes have been really impressive in the case of those who came to us early for their treatment”.

The Global Institute of Liver Diseases, HPB Surgery and Transplantation at Global Health City, Chennai is a state-of-the-Art facility that specializes in the management of liver-related issues. It is one of the most comprehensive centres for liver, pancreas diseases & transplantation in India. The Institute brings an exceptional team of expert doctors from multiple disciplines to provide personalized care and the most advanced treatment options to patients with all types of liver conditions and diseases.

Spearheaded by Prof. Mohamed Rela – a Guinness Record Holder for his achievements in the sphere of liver transplantation, the HPB & Liver transplant program at Global Health City is managed by a cohesive team of well trained and experienced Transplant Surgeons , Hepatologists, and Intensive Care Unit specialists.

Global Hospitals Group
Global Hospitals Group is one of the fastest growing chains of multi super specialty tertiary care hospitals in India offering healthcare services of international standards. With over 2000 beds, the Group currently has state-of the art and world class hospitals offering advanced patient care, at Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. With the most comprehensive multi-organ transplant services in the country, the Group has carved out a niche for itself by excelling in areas ranging from simple procedures to complex surgeries and multi-organ transplantation services for liver, pancreas, kidney , heart and lungs. It has evolved to become a one-stop healthcare destination for people from across the world.

Recognized for its internationally reputed doctors and cutting-edge medical technologies, the Group’s Hospitals have achieved several milestones by performing rare, pioneering surgeries and transplantations. Global Hospitals Group is also spearheading advanced stem-cell research and academic programs.

Forte Group

Forte Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd, launched as a new venture with fresh goals and aspirations in November 2005 is an organization who has identified themselves as specialists in pharmaceuticals for keeping up with market trends and behavior. Because of their strong hold in the healthcare industry, Forte was appointed as the country office by Global Hospitals Group, India to take care of and serve Sri Lankan patients, with the support of medical professionals and doctors in Sri Lanka.

The whole genesis of starting the Global Hospital Information and Assistance Centre was to help Sri Lankan Patients reach quality hospitals at affordable costs in India. The idea was embarked upon when Mr. M. F. A. Riyas, Chairman of the Forte Group of companies, came with his father-in-law to Global Health City, Chennai and realized the outcomes, ethics and quality of the Institution. He returned to Colombo with a promise to direct Sri Lankan patients to the best hospitals in India, so that they got the best of care while travelling abroad.

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