The Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandimandir, has carried out its first ever multi-organ transplant harvested from a brain-dead donor on Wednesday.
Naik Narender Singh, a serving DSC soldier was admitted to ICU in a state of deep coma and was declared brain dead after the series of tests. After securing his family’s consent, his liver, kidney and cornea were flown out the same evening to Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi, by a special air force aircraft.
The liver harvest was carried out by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and anaesthesiologists led by the Command Hospital’s gastrointestinal surgery chief.
“The family of the brain dead donor who consented for the harvesting deserves recognition and heartfelt gratitude for this selfless act of courage, who, even in this moment of extreme personal grief, gave a lease of life to at least three terminally ill patients,” said the hospital’s press statement.
“In doing so, the hospital has taken a lead in this noble task of trying to reduce the agony of terminally-ill patients awaiting the extremely scarce commodity of transplantable organs,” said Col AK Sharma, who was heading the team.