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First cadaver transplantation in Vizag

G. Narasimha Rao
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Heart and kidneys of a brain-dead were transplanted on three persons

Dr. T. Ravi Raju
Dr. T. Ravi Raju

History was made in the city when organs of a deceased donor, the new name for cadaver donor, were transplanted on three patients. For the first time in the State, cadaver transplantation surgeries have been performed outside Hyderabad.

The heart, the liver and two kidneys of 28-year-old Ch. Nagababu, who had received a head injury in an accident on December 2 in the V Town police station limits and was declared brain-dead, were transplanted during surgeries done here and in Hyderabad, past president of the Indian Society of Nephrology and former Director of Medical Education of AP T. Ravi Raju told The Hindu on Wednesday. Dr. Ravi Raju initiated transplantation of kidneys from living persons in the city in 1991. “Four times in the past we have retrieved organs, about 10, from brain-dead persons and sent them to Hyderabad for transplantation. Now, we have retrieved a heart and transplanted it here itself”, said Dr. Ravi Raju.

The heart transplantation was done at the Care Hospital here and the kidney transplantation surgeries at the Apollo Hospital and the Care Hospital, on two male patients, all on Tuesday. The liver transplantation was done at Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, in a surgery that went on till 4 a.m. on Wednesday. The patient who received the heart is from Sattupalli in Khammam district. He was being treated at Care-Banjara Hospital in Hyderabad. A team of doctors brought him here and, with the assistance of local surgeons, performed the surgery. “After Nagababu was found brain-dead, we convinced his family members that donation of his organs could save four lives and they agreed.”

Dr. Ravi Raju said the organs retrieved would be kept packed with sterile ice in a sterile plastic bag. The organ would be transfused with a solution (to keep it live). The organ then would be useful for 24 hours. The liver was sent to Hyderabad by air and the surgery was started immediately on Tuesday night.


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