Kidneys, liver of a 62-year-old man taken out after the consent of relatives

The first deceased organ donation and transplantation under the government-run Jeevandan project took place here on Friday when relatives of a 62-year-old person, who suffered brain haemorrhage and was pronounced brain-dead by doctors at Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), decided to donate his organs.

The transplant coordinators and organ donation counsellors of Jeevandan and AIG collaborated to harvest two kidneys and one liver of the patient after taking consent from his close relatives. Relatives of the 62-year-old were highly motivated and agreed readily to donate the organs of the deceased after due counselling sessions, officials said.

The two kidneys of the deceased were sent to the NIMS and Global Hospitals while the liver was claimed by the AIG. According to Jeevandan authorities, the donated organs have already been sent to the hospitals and efforts are on to take up transplantation for the deserving patients.

While the government hospitals are far from taking up such transplant surgeries in large numbers, health authorities said that the first organ donation under Jeevandan is a shot-in-the-arm to the efforts to establish a fully government-run deceased organ donation.

“This is the first step of Jeevandan scheme. Efforts are on to appoint a Chief Transplant Coordinator, who will oversee the whole programme. Everybody should realise that such programmes need time to grow,” says senior medical professional, Dr. G. Swarnalatha.

The idea behind Jeevandan scheme is to encourage deceased organ transplantation instead of living organ donation.

In the long run, authorities hope that deceased organ transplantation would outpace live donor transplantation, which is the case in Western countries.