Byndoor teenage organ donor touches 4 lives
Doctors of Kasturba Hospital (KH), Manipal and Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, teamed up to transplant the liver and kidneys of patients in two hospitals on Monday. The organs were from the donor, a teenage boy from Byndoor who died in a motorcycle accident in Manipal on October 8. He was taken to Kasturba Hospital at 8.30pm with head injuries. This is the second time Kasturba Hospital has organized an inter-city organ transfer for transplantation.
Four senior doctors of the hospital declared the teenager brain dead as per protocol stipulated by Transplantation of Human Organ Act 1994 at 11.30pm the same day and the second declaration was done by the doctors at 11.30am on October 9, 2016. "He was then supported by ventilator to enable doctors to harvest the organs for transplantation," said Dr Padmaraj Hegde, deputy Medical su perintendent who headed the team of doctors in carrying out all operations.
Dr Padmaraj Hegde added that the father of the teenage boy agreed to donate his son’s organs, liver, kidneys, heart and corneas. The Manipal police was informed to facilitate all formalities including setting up the green corridor. A patient in Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, was identified for the liver and another for the valve of the heart.Dr Ravi Chander of Manipal Hospital Bengaluru came to Manipal for the organs on Sunday night.
Dr Ravi took the 8am flight on Monday from Mangaluru International Airport at Kenjar to Bengaluru with the liver and heart. While the liver was for immediate transplantation, the valve from the heart was to be used for another patient, later. "The two kidneys have been transplanted to patients from Shivamogga and Kundapur while the corneas have been preserved in the hospital," said Dr Padmaraj, who is also head of the department of urology.
Dr Arun Chawla, also of the urology department, assisted him in the operation which began at 2.30am. "The patients who have received the kidneys are doing well," he added.
The first instance when Kasturba Hospital arranged for inter-city organ transfer for transplantation was earlier this year. With growing awareness about organ donation, Kasturba Hospital and other medical institutions Mangaluru too are taking a concerted lead in this direction.
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