Medical Tourism in India - First American Receives Liver Transplant Through WorldMed Assist

Released on: October 10, 2007, 6:51 am

Press Release Author: Wouter Hoeberechts

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Medical tourism company helps patient get liver transplant at
a fraction of U.S. prices

Press Release Body:

CONCORD, CA -- August 21, 2007 - WorldMed Assist (, a growing
company in the expanding industry of medical tourism, helped save Kevin Stewart's

Last November, Stewart's liver started to fail, and by February, he had to endure
hospital visits every two weeks to have his belly drained of fluids his liver would
no longer process. His doctor said that without a liver transplant, he would die.
Worse, there was a four-month wait for a transplant, and no one was sure he had four
months. He also was told it would cost about $350,000. Stewart, a retired owner of a
landscaping business, had no health insurance.

Stewart now has a newly transplanted liver, courtesy of his sister, Jo-Ann Hall of
Ottawa, Canada. On Friday, he lands at Miami International, arriving home from
Apollo Hospital in Delhi, India, where the procedure was performed. Total cost of
surgery and hospitalization there: $55,000.

Stewart is just one of an increasing number of Americans who are choosing to go
overseas to get top quality medical care at comparatively affordable prices.
WorldMed Assist of Concord, California - which facilitated all medical and travel
arrangements for Stewart and his family - is a true medical tourism matchmaker
matching patients' means and wishes with the best medical services abroad.

"Having this surgery in the U.S. would have wiped me out," Stewart said. "Having
someone help me get the transplant I needed in India - with top-notch doctors in a
great hospital, at a fraction of the cost - saved me so much money that I flew my
girlfriend and Jo-Ann's husband to India to help us recuperate-and still saved
$275,000. The surgery has given me back a life I thought was lost."

That life looked pretty bleak when he got his diagnosis and the price tag.

"In early June, I hit the Internet, and eventually landed on the term Medical
Tourism. I searched several firms, saying, 'I need a liver transplant.' Several
responded, but I kept coming back to WorldMed Assist," Stewart said. "By late June,
they had me on my way to India, and my surgery was finished on July 11. Pretty
amazing. I heard I was the first American to have a liver transplant in India."

WorldMed Assist is a company founded by Wouter Hoeberechts to help people get
skilled medical care abroad for far less than it would cost in the U.S.

"I was initially reluctant to take Kevin on as a patient," said Hoeberechts. "Live
liver transplants are extremely risky, no matter where in the world they're done.
But I knew of Doctor Subhash Gupta at one of WorldMed Assist's contracted hospitals,
Apollo, in Delhi, India. We did our research and gathered references - Dr. Gupta has
done 120 live liver transplants with a long-term survival record that surpassed the
Mayo Clinic's -- the U.S.'s gold standard for liver transplants." WorldMed Assist
prides itself on its depth of research to match patients' needs with medical tourism
destinations, doctors, and supporting facilities.

WorldMed Assist gave Stewart detailed information on the doctor and the hospital,
and urged him to seek additional opinions from his own medical team. Once Stewart
committed to have WorldMed Assist help him get the transplant, Hoeberechts' firm
transferred his medical records to India, and set up phone consultations with the
surgeon. "When he asked his sister, Jo-Ann, if she would be his liver donor, she
didn't think twice," Hoeberechts said.

Hoeberechts, WorldMed Assist CEO, said countless Americans like Stewart, and
Canadians like Hall, face similar medical crises. They either don't have health
insurance, their insurance doesn't cover their needs, they face long waits to get
the surgery they need, or they can't pay the high price of procedures in their own

"When I decided to go with WorldMed Assist, first, I was impressed there was no
waiting time, and they work with well-established, accredited hospitals and
doctors," Stewart said. "When my medical cost came in at a seventh of what I would
pay in the U.S., my choice was clear."

According to Dr. Gupta, "The long waiting time in the U.S. is because most liver
transplants come from deceased people, so the organs are scarce." Stewart was
fortunate his sister was a suitable - and willing - liver donor for him. Her surgery
and hospital expenses were included in Stewart's $55,000 bill.

Both donor and recipient recovered faster than anticipated: Hall flew home to Ottawa
just two and a half weeks after surgery; Stewart headed home after only six weeks.

Movies like Michael Moore's "Sicko" and the cadre of political candidates are
feeding the debate about the future of America's health care system. But people like
Kevin Stewart are not waiting to see what happens; they're making their own choices

"If you are seriously ill and uninsured, you've got to find first-class medical care
at a price that won't kill you," Kevin said. "I'm glad companies like WorldMed
Assist can help people like me find great hospitals and great doctors in other parts
of the world."

About WorldMed Assist
Experts in medical tourism, WorldMed Assist's mission is to improve lives by helping
patients receive high quality medical treatment abroad at affordable prices.
WorldMed Assist coordinates and simplifies every aspect of care and travel. WorldMed
Assist also provides medical tourism as an option for self-insured businesses
seeking expanded and affordable healthcare options for employees. Surgeries in
India, Turkey and other carefully selected destinations matched with the client's
needs are significantly less expensive than in the U.S., yet delivered with the same
or higher quality care and results as set by U.S. standards. Waiting times are
virtually eliminated, track records are proven, and facilities are state-of-the-art.
For more information, go to

Key Words:
Health, United States, Apollo Hospital, Liver Transplant, India, Medical Tourism,

Web Site: http://

Contact Details: Wouter Hoeberechts

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