Government efforts to promote organ transplants saves three more lives

The City of Joy saw yet another patient family coming forward to donate organs of their near and dear one as a direct result of the sustained efforts of the Government to promote organ donation and transplantation in West Bengal.

Working with the Nodal office for organ transplantation, Government of West Bengal, transplant specialists from Apollo retrieved a kidney from the donor, a resident of Chitpur and conducted the transplant at the hospital in the wee hours of Thursday. The 59 year old donor was declared brain dead on Wednesday, August 22.  The liver and the second kidney were harvested by SSKM doctors on Wednesday night and rushed to SSKM Hospital from Apollo through a green corridor enabled by the Kolkata Police, where they were transplanted into two patients.

A Kolkata resident, 58 year old recipient at Apollo Gleneagles was suffering from chronic kidney disease and had been on the transplant list, hails from Tangra. The organ transplant team at Apollo successfully performed the kidney transplant surgery for a little over 2 hours. The surgery was uneventful and the patient is under observation.

Mr. Rana Dasgupta, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital said, “This is the second transplant at Apollo Gleneagles this month and is a positive sign that the efforts of the Government in promoting and facilitating organ transplants is bearing fruit. We look forward to working with the Government to make Kolkata a leading centre for organ transplant surgery.”

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, which has successfully conducted over 1000 solid organ transplants is part of the network of Apollo Transplant Institutes (ATI) and is approved to perform heart, kidney, liver and bone marrow transplants.