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Updated: January 30, 2014 14:42 IST

Organs harvested from accident victim in Coimbatore

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G. Shanmuganathan (32), a fisherman from Tuticorin, whose organs were harvested at K.G. Hospital in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday after he was declared as 'brain dead' following a road accident near Pollachi.
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G. Shanmuganathan (32), a fisherman from Tuticorin, whose organs were harvested at K.G. Hospital in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday after he was declared as 'brain dead' following a road accident near Pollachi.

G. Shanmuganathan (32) met with an accident while he travelling on a two-wheeler near Aliyar Nagar on Saturday.

The kidneys, heart valves, liver and eyes of a fisherman from Tuticorin, who was declared as ‘brain dead’ after suffering a road traffic accident at Pollachi near here, were harvested at a city hospital on Wednesday.

G. Shanmuganathan (32) met with an accident while he travelling on a two-wheeler near Aliyar Nagar on Saturday.

He was taken to the Government Hospital at Pollachi. After initial treatment, he was shifted to the K.G. Hospital. However, his condition deteriorated and diagnosis revealed that he had slipped into irreversible coma. The first declaration of ‘brain death’ was made on Monday at 6.09 p.m. and the second declaration, the next day at 12.09 p.m.

His family was informed about the brain death situation. Following this, C.B. Chandrasekaran, Cadaver Transplant Coordinator, discussed donation with the family members.

The family consented to donate the organs.

The multi organ harvesting was performed by a team of doctors led by lead G. Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, K.G. Hospital. The team included V.P. Shanmugasundaram, Chief Surgeon, R. Balasubramaniyam, Chief Nephrologist, S.K. Varma, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon and N.M. Balakrishnan, urologist, A. Kumanan, surgeon and Manoj Ramachandran, ophthalmologist besides anaesthetists R. Senthilkumar and Dr. A. Selvakumar.

While a kidney was donated to a patient at K.G. Hospital, the other kidney was given to Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore, the heart valves to Madras Medical Mission, Chennai, liver to MIOT Hospital, Chennai and the eyes to Aravind Hospital, Coimbatore

Awareness

Dr. Bakthavathsalam said that a majority of the cadaver transplantation in the country took place in Tamil Nadu where the awareness level was high, especially in the Coimbatore region.

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