Cadaver organ transplants doubled in 2012

  • Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Mar 20, 2013 02:12 IST

The number of cadaver organ transplants has doubled in the state in 2012-2013 (nine months) compared to 2011-2012.

According to the figures from the Directorate of Health Services of the state government, there were 70 cadaver organ transplants in the state between April 2012 and December 2012 (9 months), compared to 32 transplants in 2011-2012.

Of the 70 transplants, 49 were for kidney, 19 for liver and 2 for lungs. In 2012, the state had made it compulsory for all hospitals to notify any patient who is brain-dead to a zonal committee, which was set up for coordinating the process.

A cadaver transplant is a process where the functional kidney, liver or lung of an individual whose brain stem, an important part of the central nervous system is irreparably damaged is declared brain dead, is used and transplanted to another patient.  In such cases, the heart can continue to function because of the ventilator support for 36-72 hours.

During this period, the organs can be retrieved after obtaining consent from close relatives.


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