Mangaluru, July 4, 2015:Victoria Hospital in Bangaluru became the first state-run health care centre in Karnataka to perform an organ transplant. The liver of a 42-year-old brain-dead patient was transplanted into a 38-year-old man.
The liver of a brain-dead woman is being taken out of the AJ Hospital in Mangaluru to be airlifted for transplant into a patient at Victoria Hospital in Bangaluru on Friday.
The transplant took place at the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) Hospital on the Victoria Hospital campus in Bengaluru. The organ came from the AJ Hospital in Mangaluru.
A team of six experts from the hospital (two transplant surgeons, two intensivists, two anaesthetists and two co-ordinators) supported by experts from BGS Global Hospital performed the procedure that lasted till late on Friday night.
A team of doctors from Bengaluru flew to Mangaluru to harvest the organ. “The team started for Mangaluru by a 7.15 am flight and the liver was retrieved. A green corridor was created from the hospital to the airport. The organ was not airlifted in a chartered flight. However, with the co-ordination of the customs department, the flight took off on a VIP lane and the check-in procedure was also eased,” said a specialist from the hospital.
The Bengaluru traffic police created a green corridor from the Kempegowda International Airport to Victoria Hospital. A senior police officer said that the green corridor was created from 1.13 pm to 1.45 pm. The stretch of 42 km was covered in 38 minutes.”
The 42-year-old donor, Leena Binoy, met with a road accident on July 1. She was declared brain-dead, after which her family informed the doctors at AJ Hospital that they wished to donate her organs. The message was conveyed to the Zonal Co-ordination Committee of Karnataka (ZCCK) which in turn activated the retrieval team and the recipient list for organs. Subsequently, one of her kidneys was airlifted to Bengaluru and the other transplanted at the AJ Hospital itself. Her heart valve and cornea are also being harvested.
Leena is survived by husband Binoy John and sons Neil, 13, and Noel, 11. Her funeral will be held at Baindoor in Udupi district on Saturday. “Ideally, the harvested liver can be kept in cold eschemia for 12 hours. However, longer the duration, higher is the damage. Thus, our aim was to ensure that it reaches the hospital at the earliest,” said the specialist from the PMSSY. The recipient will be kept under observation for at least ten days to ensure that infections are prevented, said doctors.
The recipient’s relatives thanked the donor’s family for giving him a new lease of life. “I have no words to express my gratitude to her family. I would request everyone to consent to organ donation if there has been a brain death in their close circles,” said Shoba, the recipient’s wife.
The recipient comes from a poor economic background and works as a manager in a private hotel. “He suffered from jaundice and was an alcoholic. We tried getting him treated at a private hospital. Besides the cost factor, we were also told that the wait would be longer. Soon, we contacted doctors here and enrolled,” said his elder brother Prasad.
The patient was awaiting a liver transplant for nearly three years, according to the family.
Courtesy : DHNS