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Year’s 4th organ donation gives second life to four

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The heart, liver and two kidneys of 36-year-old Memari resident were harvested and transplanted into four patients on Tuesday. The patient, Chinmay Ghosh, was declared brain-dead at Park Clinic on Monday. This was the fourth organ donation this year and took place 12 days after the third one.

While the heart was transplanted into a 26-year-old male patient at Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, the liver and one kidney went to SSKM hospital. The other kidney was allocated to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital. All the four transplant surgeries took place between Tuesday morning and late afternoon.

“The heart recipient is a zari worker from Dankuni, who has been suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. The donor’s heart has been implanted successfully,” said Dr Plaban Mukherjee, head of the heart transplant unit at Medical College and Hospital. The kidney and liver recipients at SSKM and Apollo are recuperating well.

Ghosh had met with an accident on July 10 and sustained grievous head injury. He was taken to Burdwan Medical College, from where he was rushed to Park Clinic on the same day.

“He used to work as an assistant at a medical clinic in Memari. We agreed to the organ donation, which is done for a noble cause,” Amit Biswas, a cousin brother of the deceased. Though the state government has taken up an exemplary step of giving temporary licence for NTORC (Non-transplant organ retrieval centre) to Park Clinic within 24 hours to facilitate the organ retrieval, the issue of donor organ maintenance cropped up on Tuesday.

The NTORC licence is the permission that is given to hospitals that do not have transplant facilities so that the donated organs of brain-dead patients can be retrieved.

However, the family of the deceased alleged that the hospital bill included expenses that were incurred after the donor was declared brain-dead. The hospital authorities denied the charge.

“We did not charge anything from the patient after he was declared brain-dead. In fact, we gave them a discount of Rs 40,850 for the noble cause of organ donation,” said Sabyasachi Datta, additional CEO of Park Clinic. Admitting that the issue of donor maintenance cost needs to be addressed, ROTTO joint director Dr Arpita Ray Chaudhury said that they would reimburse Rs 30,000.

“Rs 30,000 is ROTTO’s limit for donor maintenance expense, which we are ready to give to the hospital,” said Ray Chaudhury. In most of the cases, private hospitals where donors are declared brain-dead borne the expenses that could come to around Rs 50,00 to Rs 60,000 per day. “We need a clear guideline about donor maintenance cost to avoid any confusion,” said Dr Saurabh Koley, who has been working on organ donation movement.

Koley was roped in by the intensivists at Park Clinic on how to go about the donation once the donor’s family gave a nod to it.

 

Source: Times of India

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