Mangaluru, May 17, 2019 : Indiana Hospital & Heart Institute has performed its first cadaveric organ donation and transport of live organs today. Mangaluru City Police provided traffic free ‘Green Corridor’ for the safe and speedy transportation of the first batch of harvested organs from the hospital campus at Pumpwell to the city airport for onward journey to Bengaluru by flight at 5.15 p.m.
Mr. Chandrashekhar, a 48 year old victim of road accident from Kasargod, was the cadaveric donor of the organs. He had met with fatal accident on 11th May and was admitted to the MICU at Indiana Hospital on the same day. Despite the best efforts of the doctors, he failed to respond to treatment and was declared brain dead at midnight on May 16, 2019. Subsequently his family very generously and compassionately came forward to donate his organs to needy recipients. In accordance with their wishes the donor’s eyes, heart valves, liver and both kidneys were harvested after fulfilling all mandatory procedures and protocols in co-ordination with Jeeva Sarthakathe, the nodal body appointed by Government of Karnataka to oversee the implementation of the Transplantation of Human Organs Act of 1994.
Donor’s heart valves and liver were transplanted to recipients at Fortis Hospital, Bangalore. One of the kidneys was given to a recipient at KMC Hospital, Manipal, while the other kidney was transplanted to a recipient at the host hospital Indiana Hospital & Heart Institute. The eyes were also transplanted to recipients locally. A surgical team comprising Dr. Abhijit, Urologist and Dr. Pradeep, Nephrologist of Indiana Hospital and Dr. Yashwanth, surgeon from Fortis Hospital performed the organ donation surgery.
“I am grateful to the family of the deceased who have taken a bold decision to donate the healthy organs of their loved one for the purpose of providing relief to needy patients and saving their lives. They have been very gracious despite their personal grief. Their noble and compassionate act will help to eradicate fears and misconceptions about organ donation and enable it to gain social acceptance,” said Dr. Yusuf Kumble, Managing Director of Indiana Hospital & Heart Institute.
As transplantation of live organs should be performed within a critical window period, time is of great value in the transplantation process. Hence Indiana Hospital approached Mangaluru City Police Commissioner Mr. Sandeep Patil and he immediately agreed to create a ‘Green Corridor’ – or a zero traffic lane - to ensure unhindered transportation of the harvested organs to the airport. “We are grateful to Mangaluru Police Commissioner Mr. Sandeep Patil and his team who readily extended their co-operation and efficiently provided ‘Green Corridor’ and security cover for the movement of our ambulance carrying the live organs,” said Dr. Yusuf Kumble.