Mangaluru: In a rare and challenging opportunity, the Transplant Team of A.J. Hospital Deceased Donor Program which was initiated by A J Hospital way back in 2015 has gained momentum, and awareness of organ donation has reached the masses. The program is named “Jeevan Vileena” after the first two donors Jeevan and Leena, who are the torchbearers of organ donation.
Since then to date in Dakshina Kannada; Udupi district there were a total of 41 donations; almost 150 patients had benefitted from this program; they are grateful to the families who have given them new life. Karnataka this year had a record number of donations and hundreds of families had a new lease of life by getting organs which otherwise would have been lost. One such incident happened on Dec 11, 2022; the family of a brain-dead donor decided to donate organs to needy patients. “Jeevasarthakathe” the Karnataka Government authority on this matter, activated the patients for transplantations.
A team of surgeons retrieved the organs at Fr Muller’s hospital and the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys were allotted to various hospitals. The challenge is to transfer the organs to the specified hospitals and do the transplant surgeries in the minimum time.
In this instance, both kidneys were allotted to the A J Hospital for two separate patients who were on the priority list. The challenge for the transplant team was to retrieve the donor’s kidneys, bench-prepare the kidneys, and do the transplant on both patients within 6-7 hours. The team took up the challenge and completed both surgeries consecutively in the specified time. Both recipients did very well post-surgery and were discharged in 12 days.
This was a unique situation as two transplants normally don’t get allotted to the same hospital, but the challenge was taken up by the team comprised of Dr Prashanth Marla, Dr Pritham Sharma, Dr Roshan V Shetty (transplant surgeons), Dr Raghavendra Nayak (Nephrologist), Dr Harish Karanth (Anesthetist), Sowmya (Transplant Coordinator), Savina Roshni, Mahabala (OT staff)
We are extremely grateful to the family who donated organs, may the soul of the donor be liberated, and let us hope that following the callout on this by the media, may this gesture of the family and this donor be an inspiration to others.