A six-year-old girl got a new lease of life after a successful kidney transplant.
The kid lost both her kidneys after an infection and had been on dialysis since March at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Doctors conducted a kidney transplant using the organ donated by a 58-year-old man from Karnal, Haryana, who had been declared brain-dead after suffering a cardiac arrest.
"He had a cardiac arrest during the surgery. After 15-20 minutes of CPR, he was revived and incubated. But three days later, his condition deteriorated and doctors told his family that he was brain dead," said Dr M C Misra, Director of AIIMS.
The patient's wife and three children wanted to donate his organs. According to AIIMS officials, they approached the institute for the same.
The donor's liver has been used in another patient while his cornea and heart valves are preserved at the hospital, said officials.
His kidneys were transplanted to a six-year-old girl. "The six-year-old girl was admitted to the hospital for the past five months. She was undergoing dialysis twice a week. But after the transplant, she may finally be able to go home," said a doctor.
A controversy had broken out when the girl's family had alleged in June that one of her kidneys had gone missing post-surgery. Her father, who is from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, complained she was admitted to AIIMS for complications in her left kidney but another kidney (the right one) had gone missing.
Dr Misra said that that this year they have seen a significant increase in cadaver donations in the institute which is reflective of awareness among people about the issue. "This is the tenth donation of the year. Usually, we see two to three donations in a year," he said.