Organ donation at Chandigarh’s PGI: Himachal man saves three lives in his death
The fact that three transplants could be accomplished so seamlessly is a demonstration to the PGIMER’s nationally recognised accomplishments in transplant surgery, care and research.punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2018 14:07 IST
With Himachal Pradesh’s family donating the organs of their departed one, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) became witness to saving three more ill patients suffering from the last stage of organ failure through transplantation.
The retrieved corneas from the donor restored the sight of another two patients, thereby impacting five lives in all with the donor family’s magnanimous gesture here at PGIMER.
The fact that three transplants could be accomplished so seamlessly is a demonstration to the PGIMER’s nationally recognised accomplishments in transplant surgery, care and research.
‘Salute quality of staff’
“It’s a salute to the quality of our staff,” said Prof Jagat Ram, director, PGIMER, noting the many disciplines and specialists involved in the complex transplantation process.
“When the moment arrived, everyone knew exactly what to do to save these lives. That’s why PGIMER has a reckoning among the best institutions in the country,” added Prof Jagat Ram, while complimenting the efforts of each one involved in the life saving process of transplantation.
After the donor, a road accident victim, was declared brain dead on the evening of February 12, the transplant coordinators at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research discussed about the noble cause of organ donation with the family, to which the family consented braving their own grave tragedy.
“Acting on the family’s decision, the surgeons retrieved the liver, kidneys and corneas from the donor for transplantation to the matching recipients.” — Prof AK Gupta
Following the family’s consent, the transplant staff at the departments of nephrology and hepatology began calling the recipients’ families to tell them about the matching organs. The news gave them a second chance to life, though bittersweet.
Recounting the details, Prof AK Gupta, medical superintendent-cum head, department of hospital administration, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, shared, “Acting on the family’s decision, the surgeons retrieved the liver, kidneys and corneas from the donor for transplantation to the matching recipients. The three transplants required exquisitely coordinated inter-departmental teamwork from dozens of people.”
He added, “When the donor organs became available, the first step was an intense round of planning. The labs, the transplant teams and intensive care unit staff made sure they were prepared fully and could get into action without any loss of time.”
‘Demand for organ transplant has increased’
Dr Vipin Koushal, nodal officer, ROTTO, shared his perspective on cadaver organ donation programme and said, “The demand for organ transplant has increased substantially in the recent past.” He added, “This is largely due to improvement in post-transplant outcome in the medical science. It is now an effective method to cure many terminally ill patients.”
Before the transplants, two of the matching recipients were suffering from the last stage of debilitating kidney ailment and had been dependent on kidney dialysis for long and the third recipient was experiencing advanced liver failure.
‘Can’t thank donor’s family enough’
“I can’t thank the donor’s family enough for their kindness to have given a second lease of life to my father. How courageous it was of them despite their own grim tragedy,” said the daughter of the liver recipient, while standing outside the recovery room. Echoing the sentiments of all the other recipient families, she said, “It is, in a true sense, a ‘gift of life’.”
First Published: Feb 17, 2018 14:03 IST