Delhi: In death, 63-year-old gives new lease of life to three, including minor
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NEW DELHI: Due to the Covid-19 crisis elective surgeries, including organ transplants, have been suspended in the country. But emergencies cannot wait.
Recently, the National Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organisation (NOTTO) – nodal body for organ and tissue transplant in the country – gave permission to Max Saket and Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) to conduct transplants on being told about three patients who would die without it.
The donor was a 63-year-old man who had suffered from irreversible brain damage due to haemorrhage on April 18, at Max Saket. His family insisted on donating his organs so that someone could get a new lease of life. They patiently waited for the next couple of days while the hospital worked on obtaining special permissions for transplant.
Also, the donor was tested for Covid-19 twice and when it was confirmed that he was not infected, organ retrieval was initiated. Both his kidneys and liver were retrieved and transplanted in three patients. The deceased was not fit for a heart or lung donation owning to his age.
While the kidneys went to two women — Nisha (37) and Puneeta (55) — who were suffering from end-stage kidney failure, the liver was used to save the life of a 13-year-old girl. “The girl won’t have survived long without the transplant. Her parents were unable to donate part of their liver due to health issues,” Dr Vasanthi Ramesh, director of NOTTO, said.
Apart from permission, another big challenge was to ensure safe surgery for the potential recipients. Doctors at both Max Saket and ILBS said they took special precaution — including wearing personal protective equipment — while operating on the patients.
Anant Kumar, chairman, renal transplant and robotics at Max hospital said the surgeries were also difficult and tedious due to patient-related factors. “In one of the recipients, the arteries had become hard due to prolonged duration of renal disease and it was extremely difficult to join the donor’s kidney inside the recipient’s body. In the other patient, the bladder had shrunken significantly as she was on haemodialysis, so we had to carry out a special procedure to fix it,” he said.
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