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Deceased organ donation for transplantation at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals has helped to save many lives.

Date: 18 Aug 20

Amidst the pandemic, deceased organ donation has taken a backseat. In spite of this, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata has successfully performed transplant surgeries through donated organs and saved lives.

Mr. Sangram Bhattacharyya, 31-year-old Bhatpara resident, met with an accident on August 14, 2020 in Kalyani. The medical representative was riding a bike when the motorcycle hit a speed-breaker. As the helmet, which was not strapped properly came off , Mr. Bhattacharyya suffered severe head injuries. He was initially rushed to another hospital but due to his critical condition he was shifted to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals.

At Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, after a detailed evaluation, the doctors found that the patient had slipped into irreversible brain damage. They counselled the family for organ donation. Once the family provided their consent , ROTTO (Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization), was informed .Organs were retrieved after hospitals finalized the recipients. ROTTO allocated the liver and a kidney to Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals and the other donated organs were allocated to other hospitals.

During the pandemic, it is not an easy task to get a recipient. The suitable recipient (as per the registry) for liver transplantation, refused to undergo transplant surgery in the COVID situation. With ROTTO鈥檚 permission, a 59-year-old male patient from Agartala was found suitable, who had to fly into the city for the transplantation. The kidney was transplanted on a 29-year-old male patient at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital. 鈥淭he pandemic has put a halt on the organ donation movement. We hope the movement will start rolling again,鈥 said Dr. Manimay Banerjee, Director ROTTO.

鈥淕etting a recipient was challenging since many patients are averse to visiting hospitals during the pandemic. The recipient, as well as the whole transplant team, underwent the COVID test to minimize risk of infection.鈥 said Dr. Mahesh Goenka, Director of Institute of Gastro Sciences at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata.

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