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In death too, doc gives new lease of life to four

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In a career spanning three decades, obstetrician/gynaecologist Amiya Bhusan Sarkar had got many babies delivered and saved several lives. In death, too, he gave a new lease of life to at least four persons who will get his organs. Sarkar’s organs were harvested after he was declared brain dead on Monday. He was undergoing treatment at a city hospital following an accident on Thursday, in which he had sustained serious head injuries.
This is the third organ donation in Kolkata this year. The first organ donation was done on February 5 and the second on March 2. But this was definitely the most challenging, said doctors, in the middle of a second wave that is more infectious than the past. Doctors at Apollo Gleneagles not only overcame the challenges to ensure that the wish of Sarkar’s family was honoured but doctors at four other hospitals, where his organs were transplanted, also did a commendable job.
Sarkar’s heart went to Narayana Super Speciality Hospital where it will be transplanted on a 30-year-old man. This is the second heart transplant for the Howrah hospital team to take up this year after the one in March. The liver was flown to Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon while the kidneys were sent for transplant to RN Tagore and Command Hospital. Since no match was found for liver, it has been offered to the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO). The lung was also in a good shape but no patient could be found for it.

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You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result“Hats off to the doctors and medical team of all hospitals where the organs will be transplanted during this pandemic. Everyone owes a special thank to the family of the deceased as they stepped forward for the donation,” said nephrologist and Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO) joint director, Arpita Raychaudhuri. The rare AB blood group of the donor posed a challenge to Apollo and even ROTTO and NOTTO after the family consented to donate his organs as prospective recipients were hard to come by, recounted Apollo Hospitals Group CEO (eastern region), Rana Dasgupta.

The donor’s son, an orthopaedic surgeon, said: “My father always wanted to serve the people. That was his practice of religion. That’s why it was easy for me to take this decision.”
An alumnus of Medical College, Kolkata, where he did the MBBS, and SSKM, where he did the MD and G&O, Sarkar had worked during the pandemic without taking an off and had even got infected once during the first wave. Though a resident of New Town, he lived in Tamluk where he was posted at the East Midnapore District Hospital. On Thursday evening, he was returning from the hospital when he met with the fatal accident. He was brought to Apollo Gleneagles the next day. The first cadaver organ donation in eastern India since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, had also happened at Apollo Kolkata on August 17, 2020.

Source: Times of India

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