Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences is to formally dedicate the Center of Excellence in Organ Transplantation at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Kochi on September 08, 2015.
Amrita Institute has become one of the largest centers in India to carry out organ transplantations.
About 900 cases of transplantations have been carried out over the last 15 years at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, which includes heart, small intestine, pancreas, bone marrow, liver and kidney. In South East Asia, it is the only facility to carry out hand transplants. The first hand transplant was on a 30-year-old from Kerala and the second on an ex-army captain from Afghanistan.
Transplantation of organs include tissue like Bone Marrow, solid organs like liver, heart, kidney, lung, small intestine, pancreas and composite tissue like hands and face. The organs can be donated by live donors for certain organs or procured from brain dead deceased donors. Such services are backed by a team of specialist doctors, paramedics and support services.