Saturday, 19 September 2020

The first successful paediatric liver transplant in Sri Lanka (Living-donor liver transplant) was performed in NCTH, Ragama

North Colombo Teaching Hospital (NCTH) Ragama, liver transplant team together with expert doctors scattered across the country, was able to perform a living-donor liver transplant for a nine years old girl who had cirrhosis of the liver. The surgery was performed on 14th of July, 2020. The donor was the mother of this little girl. Both of the mother and child are doing well at present and going through a smooth recovery.

This marks the first successful liver transplant performed for a child in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, with this transplant, NCTH liver transplant team has reached a milestone of doing 50 liver transplants where the rest were in adults.

There was a function to mark this important achievement on 24th of July, 2020 in OPD auditorium, North Colombo Teaching Hospital.

Cadre Chair & Senior Prof. P.S. Wijesinghe, acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Kelaniya, academic staff members of Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Dr. Sarath Premasiri, Deputy Director- NCTH, staff members of NCTH were participated at the event.


The following team members contributed tirelessly to make this a success.

Surgical Team :

Prof. Rohan Siriwardana

Dr. Suchintha Tillakaratne

Dr. Aruna Weerasooriya

Dr. Ruwan Dissanayake

Dr. Prabath Kumarasinghe

Dr. Buddhika Dassanayake

Dr. Buddhika Uragoda

Dr. Chanaka Ekanayake

And the medical officers of surgical team, nursing team led by Mrs L.N. Damayanthi and Mrs P.A.M. Perera.


Anaesthetic Team :

Dr. Bhaagya Gunetilleke

Dr. Chamila Liyanage

Dr. Dakshi De Silva

Dr. Nilmini Wijesuriya

Dr. Oliver Pathmaperuma

Dr. Nilmini Manawaduge

Dr. Nadeeshya Welikala

Dr. Vishaka Kerner

Dr. Shehan Wijesiriwardana

& medical officers of anaesthesia


Paediatric Team :

Dr. Meranthi Fernando

Dr. Asanka Rathnasiri

Dr. Thabitha Hoole

Dr. Arunath Visvalingam

Dr. Oshini Muthukumarana

Dr. Ishara Kumarasiri

Dr. Heshala Nawagamuwa

Dr. Renu Kalansooriya

& nursing and supporting staff led by Nursing sister Mrs. Wasana Palpagama


Radiology Team :

Dr. Chinthaka Appuhamy

Dr. Eranga Ganewatte


Theatre Nursing Team :

Mrs. D.P.B.S. Sandamali

Mrs. H.A.G. Dilrukshi

Mrs. A.M.N.N.K. Wickramasinghe

Mrs. E.M.M. Ethugala


Referring Consultants from Jaffna :

Dr. V. Thusyanthan

Dr. K. Arulmoli


Fund raisers for the Family :

Dr. Thabitha Hoole

Dr. Arunath Visvalingam

Dr. Paul Bright


Generous Team at Hemas Hospital, Wattala :

Mr. Murtaza Eusufally

Dr. Lasantha Karunasekera

& ICU medical and nursing team


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