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SSKM’s trauma care unit registers Bengal’s 10th deceased organ donation this year

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The Trauma Care Centre (TCC) at the state’s premier Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER) made its debut in organ donation when the liver and a kidney of a 20-year-old were harvested and transplanted on Sunday. The brain-death declaration was made on Saturday. This takes the organ donation figure in Bengal to 10 this year.

Tapan Haldar, the deceased donor, had met with an accident on September 25. The Baruipur resident was admitted to SSKM Hospital’s TCC with severe head injury. Doctors at the TCC started convincing his family for organ donation once they found that Haldar’s brain stem death was irreversible. The family finally agreed to donate Haldar’s liver and one kidney.

“The TCC that started functioning from July 15 had declared two more brain deaths earlier. The families, however, could not be convinced to donate the organs in those two cases. This time the family agreed,” said Manimay Banerjee, IPGMER director, who is also the director of Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant organisation (ROTTO).

Doctors said that given the age of the deceased all his organs were in good condition. His heart and the other kidney, too, could have been harvested had the family agreed, said a doctor.

The liver and the kidney were allocated to SSKM. Both transplant surgeries took place on Sunday.

“The liver recipient is a male patient from South 24 Parganas, aged about 40 years. He is suffering from cirrhosis of liver and is under treatment at our OPD,” said Abhijit Chowdhury, hepatology head at SSKM.

The kidney recipient is a 55-year-old male patient.

In 2018, the organ donation figure hit the double digit mark for the first time when the state witnessed 15 donations. Despite a slow start this year, organ donation gained momentum in August when four donations were registered. The last donation before Sunday’s had happened on August 25.

“With three more months left, we are hopeful to cross last year’s figure,” said Arpita Ray Chaudhury, ROTTO joint director.

The Level 1 TCC at SSKM, only of its kind in the entire eastern region, was inaugurated on July 1 by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The centre started taking in patients from July 15 after fumigation and sanitising. The 244-bed unit designed on the lines of a similar unit at AIIMS, New Delhi could prove to be a good source of deceased organs as it tends to trauma patients, said a source.

 

Source: Times of India

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