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Organ Donation & Transplantation
As a patient of End Stage Kidney Disease, I have no idea what I am supposed to be undergoing. I undergo procedures about which no one has time to explain. Things happen…desperation takes over...and I’m shaken to the core.
“Is she going to make it doctor”? These are the words of a grieving father whose 12 year old daughter met with life threatening accident. The family had arrived in Chandigarh justa few hours before to visit their relatives.
My perfectly healthy strapping young son is suddenly told that he has cancer. A Bone Marrow Transplant could have helped. But as a country, we aren’t doing what it takes to get one.
What can prevent the tragic deaths of thousands of people every day? Introducing the HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) set to operate soon in India. That too free of charge!
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.
The Armed Forces Organ Retrieval & Transplantation Authority (AORTA), is a success for many reasons. Convincing relatives is little easier because of inherent feeling of camaraderie, and the ready availability of aircraft courtesy the Indian Airforce has seen organs flown in from across the country to various army hospitals.
Dr. Saudan Singh is the Director, National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), the apex centre for all-India activities of coordination and networking for procurement and distribution of Organs and Tissues. He spoke to ORGAN India on NOTTO’s future plans.
It has been observed that the police officials are reluctant to give authority for organ donation in Medico-Legal cases. This may be either because of their fear of accountability of their decision, jurisdictional problems or lack of knowledge and clarity on the statutory provisions in such cases.
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