This blogpost is a forum to encourage and promote dialogue on organ donation and transplantation in India. It is a platform for all concerned stakeholders to express their opinions, concerns and future strategies on the organ donation and transplantation environment across India. Doctors, NGO's, donor families and recipients are all contributing to the blog.
One way of bridging the gap between the supply and demand of human organs is to promote organ Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD). For this, withdrawal of care guidelines for terminally ill patients is desperately required in India.
The medical success of transplantation has not translated into benefit for most patients primarily because of limited organ availability and affordability of a transplant. Here is what is likely to happen and how you can insure yourself and get help.
If you, the reader, are facing the prospect of an organ transplant, I hereby certify: You will be better off afterward. This blog is to say how I could grimace and yet grin and carry on for four years of illness.
Transplantation of Hands and Faces is not life-saving. Hands and faces are highly visible parts of the body, and closely related to the identity of the individual. This makes their transplantation difficult.
A team of doctors from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi achieve a rare feat of the first successful double hand transplant in the nation and any developing country till date. Watch their story.
The hopes of performing India’s first hand transplant looked bleak as several brain-dead patient’s relatives had turned down our request. “Take everything else,” they had said. “Not the hands.” We had become resigned to the fact that we may never do a hand transplant.