In Odisha's first cadaveric kidney transplant, two get organs from brain-dead patient

BHUBANESWAR: In the state’s first instance of cadaveric kidney transplant, a team of doctors at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and Apollo Hospital in Bhubaneswar successfully retrieved and transplanted the kidneys of a brain-dead patient onto two persons on Tuesday.

The kidneys of Priyanka Patra, a 26-year-old woman who was declared brain dead following an accident, was transplanted on to two patients- one each at SCB and Apollo. Their condition was stable, doctors said.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the team of doctors and thanked the family of Priyanka for paving the way for a new chapter in the state’s medical sector.

“We are really thankful to the family of Priyanka who gave consent to donating her organs at the time of grief and loss. Despite being the first case of cadaveric kidney transplant, everything passed off seamlessly with teamwork and support from all the people involved. This will certainly be the beginning of a new era of organ donation in Odisha,” said Chittaranjan Kar, nodal-officer of State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO), the state-level body to supervise organ donation.

Sources said Priyanka a resident of Digapahandi in Ganjam district, was returning home after attending a wedding function with her six-year-old daughter when their car was hit by a truck at Ganianalh on January 26. Both mother and daughter were admitted in Apollo Hospital in a critical condition. While Priyanka was declared brain dead, her daughter continued to be critical, her family said.

“We are shattered, but we thought that she might live on if someone else received her organs. We decided to donate her kidneys, liver, heart, eyes and skin. The doctors could retrieve only the kidneys,” said V Dharma Raju (70), Priyanka’s father-in-law and president of Khemundi Volunteer Blood Donors Association, who has donated blood 80 times.

Once the procedures were completed as per the Transplant Act and the recipients were readied, the retrieval process was started by a team of doctors at Apollo Hospital. After both kidneys were retrieved successfully, they were transplanted onto the patients on the waiting list at Apollo Hospital and SCB MCH prepared as per guidelines.

“The family of the donor was counselled and it was their generosity that made this possible. After a surgery of six hours, the team of doctors in Apollo Hospitals successfully conducted one of the transplants. The other kidney harvested was transported to SCB Medical College and Hospital for transplant,” said Samirandas Adhikari, senior consultant urology at Apollo Hospital.

“The coordination among doctors, government officials and other stakeholders was amazing. The whole system worked throughout the night to make the operation successful. Due to lack of voluntary organ donors, we could not start organ donation and transplantation in the state though the system was ready six months ago,” said Datteswar Hota, team leader of the transplant programme at SCB.

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