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Hospital help for Pak kids

Islamabad, Nov. 2 (PTI): An Indian hospital has offered to conduct free paediatric liver transplant on Pakistani children.

Global Hospital’s “gesture of goodwill” follows India’s offer of free medical treatment to 20 Pakistani children.

In a statement published in the media in Lahore today, a senior hospital official said: “As a gesture of goodwill to Pakistan, the hospital, which is located in southern India, is offering to undertake paediatric liver transplants almost free of cost for poor Pakistani children.”

Claiming that the hospital has successfully carried out both liver and kidney transplants before, the official said the Indian government’s technology development board had partly funded the facility.

He said the hospital had a collaboration with the liver transplant unit of King’s College Hospital in London under which British surgeons worked in Global Hospital on a regular basis to perform liver transplants and complicated liver surgeries.

The official said the hospital had decided to extend the paediatric liver transplant service to Pakistani children who could not afford the huge costs involved.

“If the parents can meet the costs of the drugs and disposables, the hospital will take care of the rest,” he said.

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