Cadaver Donation in India Begins With the New Year

by Julia Samuel on  January 6, 2015 at 3:13 PM Organ Donation News
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The organs retrieved from a 24-year old man saved five lives and gave vision to two persons. The donation took place on Saturday.

The donor suffered a road accident on December 29 and four days later, he was declared brain-dead at AIIMS.
Cadaver Donation in India Begins With the New Year
Cadaver Donation in India Begins With the New Year

Doctors said his relatives agreed to donate his organs, and already he has saved five lives in the new year, with his cornea and kidneys transplanted at AIIMS and liver sent to Delhi government's Institute of Liver and Billiary Sciences, where it was divided between two patients.

The heart was transplanted in a 13-year-old girl from Kolkata, who is undergoing treatment at AIIMS.

The girl who had been admitted to the Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery (CTVS) ward for a month was diagnosed with a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.

According to Dr Balram Airan, chief of CTVS at AIIMS, the heart transplant lasted through the night. "We had to realign blood vessels of the 10-year-old to correct the mismatch in size of the blood vessels since the donor was an adult," he said.

Further, the kidneys were transplanted in two women aged 27 and 54, undergoing treatment at AIIMS.

"There was no recipient for the liver at the hospital, which was later given to Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS)" said Rajeev Maikhuri, transplant coordinator, Organ Retrieval and Banking Organization (ORBO), AIIMS.

There were only two cadaver donations last year, despite 60 brain dead cases. On an average, every year there are 10-12 cadaver donations.

Source: Medindia

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