The organs of a 38-year-old person, who was declared brain dead due to a severe stroke, were harvested at K.G. Hospital in the city and transplanted in patients awaiting donor liver, kidneys and eyes in Chennai and Coimbatore.
Chairman of the hospital G. Bakthavathsalam said on Tuesday that the man was admitted to the hospital on July 1 and was declared brain dead by a team of neurologists and neurosurgeons on Saturday.
The harvesting of organs was done on Sunday.
Family members and friends came forward to donate his organs. The patient's wife had died two years ago. He is survived by two children, one aged five and the other three.
Dr. Bakthavathsalam said the patient's vital parameters -- blood pressure, respiration, cardiac activities and urine output -- were maintained by a team of intensivists.
The State Government's Convener for the Cadaver Transplant Programme, J. Amalorpavanathan, was informed about the availability of the donor organs from a brain dead patient at the hospital in Coimbatore, Dr. Bakthavathsalam said.
Aided by a centralised system of the Government, patients waitlisted for organ transplantation were chosen as per the criticality and seniority of the case.
A team of 20 doctors, including general surgeons, anaesthesiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, an ophthalmologist and a nephrologist performed the surgery to harvest the organs.
The liver was taken to Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre at Porur in Chennai, the heart valves were given to Madras Medical Mission in Chennai, two patients at K.G. Hospital got a kidney each and the eyes were transplanted at K.G. Eye Hospital here. This was the 10th multi-organ harvesting done in K.G. Hospital, Dr. Bakthavathsalam said.
Keywords: organ harvesting