ISLAMABAD - A team of liver transplant surgeons has successfully carried out two living donor liver transplants at Shifa International Hospitals Islamabad.Dr Faisal Saud Dar, Liver Transplant Surgeon, SIH, at a press briefing on Wednesday informed media persons that first surgery took place on April 30, 2012 when a 12-year-old young boy, Mohammad Yasin, was transplanted successfully with a living donor liver graft from his sister Humaira Saddaf. Both the donor and recipient have been recovering well so far in the intensive care unit at Shifa. The second surgery was carried out on May 1, 2012 on a 47 years old male patient, Asad Mir, who received a piece of living donor liver graft from his son Waqas Hanif. Both of them are currently recovering well in the liver intensive care unit at Shifa.Briefing about the programme Dr Faisal Dar said a Liver Transplant Programme was started on 27th Ramazan 2009 with a vision to undertake first living donor liver transplant within three years. He said the Liver surgical team, under his leadership has been offering complex HPB surgery well over a year at Shifa International Hospital. However, this liver transplant surgery is the culmination of the first phase of the transplant program at Shifa, and the beginning of the next phase where such surgery would be offered on regular basis.He also mentioned the contribution and support of renowned Liver Transplant Surgeon Dr Muhammad Rela, who is the professor of liver transplant surgery at King’s College London who specifically has been supported the program over the last few months and specifically flown to be here on the occasion of this first surgery.The CEO and President of Shifa International Hospital, Dr. Manzoor ul Haq Qazi congratulated the whole team on this historic occasion and offered good wishes and prayers for all four patients for a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.Speaking on the occasion, he appreciated the services of Dr Najmul Hassan Shah, the Director of Liver Transplantation for his fantastic ground work and continuous leadership and hard work to create a team of like minded high quality health care professional who all shared the common goal of setting up a liver transplant program. Dr Najmul Hassan Shah stressed that this surgery is just completion of the first phase of the program. Since Liver transplant surgery is not new to Pakistan and many previous efforts fizzled out in the past, the real challenge would be to sustain this effort. He was confident that Shifa has laid the foundation of potentially the first ever National Liver Transplant Surgical program that could prove a back bone to not only offer liver transplant surgery but also train individuals with in the country to help establish similar programs across the country in view of the high needs.