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Kolkata: 19-year-old’s kidneys, liver to save three lives

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The family of 19-year-old Manisha Roy, who was declared brain dead on Wednesday afternoon, has consented to donating the organs of the teenager, which could ensure a fresh lease of life for three persons. The Maniktala resident’s liver and kidneys will be retrieved and transplanted through the night. However, in the absence of a matching recipient, the heart could not be retrieved. This donation comes just a day after Organ Donation Day.

Roy turned 19 on August 10. Though she spent her day at home, Roy went out at night. When she failed to return till late in the night, her brother called her cellphone, but got no response. Around 2am, her brother’s call was answered by someone in Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals who asked him to rush there. According to the police, Roy was riding pillion with her friend Abhishek Roy when they met with an accident on EM Bypass, close to Apollo. Both were taken there, but Abhishek died soon after.

“The girl had sustained severe head injuries leading to irrevocable brain dam-age. Despite our efforts, she was brain dead,” said Dr S N Singh, under who Roy was admitted.

Considering her age, doctors knew that she was a potential donor and the hospital started counselling her family since Tuesday. Even though her parents consented, her brother Biswajit initially resisted the idea. “She was my only sister. And with raksha bandhan around the corner, I hoped that my sister would come out of the coma. But when doctors counselled me again, it dawned upon me that there was no hope for that. It is heart-breaking to let my sister go on the eve of Raksha Bandhan. But I am happy that she will live on in others,” he said.

“Considering our financial constraint, Apollo decided to waive all the treatment fees,” added Biswajit, whose father Asok has been unemployed for a while now.

After the family’s consent, Roy was officially declared brain dead on Wednesday with the final of the two mandatory apnea tests done around 3pm. Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) allocated the liver and one kidney to Apollo, while the other kidney will go to SSKM Hospital.

“We will be transplanting the liver in a 59-year old man with end-stage cirrhosis of liver, The recipient is the father of a resident doctor in our hospital and has had recurrent hospital admissions due to his condition,” said Dr Mahesh Goenka, director of Institute of Gastro Sciences and Liver at Apollo.

Organ retrieval started right after the formal brain-death declaration and the transplant surgeries started around 9pm and went on till past midnight.

This is the fifth deceased organ donation in the state this year. The fourth happened on July 15.

Last month, the family of Mohua Ganguly, the former geology department head at Jogmaya Devi College, had decided to donate her organs. Her organs, however, were found to be marginal and hence, donation did not take place.


Source: Times of India

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