Panaji: A 37-year-old patient from Mapusa, who was on dialysis for six years was the beneficiary of a kidney transplant recently at the Healthway Hospital, Old Goa, after the successful transplant of a kidney harvested from a deceased patient native of Belgaum, Karnataka residing in Goa.
Post kidney transplant surgery, the patient has regained his normal health, appetite & wellbeing & his dialysis permanently stopped.
The ailing Mapusa patient was undergoing dialysis for chronic kidney disease, while the donor, a 25-year-old , had suffered an acute head injury resulting in fronto-parietal-temporal subdural hematoma from an accident, which led to his demise.
As per allocation guidelines one of the donor’s kidneys was allocated to the Goa Medical College (GMC) patient and the other kidney was allocated to Healthway Hospital by SOTTO. The kidney was swiftly transferred after retrieval from the cadaver at the GMC to the Healthway Hospital. Despite preparations, the facilitation of a green corridor proved unnecessary as the transfer occurred after midnight when traffic was minimal.
The GMC also managed to retrieve the deceased donor’s liver and heart for organ donation.
Interestingly, according to the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO), Goa, in recent years, has witnessed increased cadaver transplants however the living donor transplants still outnumber the former. There is a lack of awareness amongst the masses which is one of the reasons why the cadaver transplant program is yet to pick up in the state.
A patient declared Brain stem death can save eight people’s lives by donating vital organs such as heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, pancreas and intestines. This can happen if the family shows willingness to go ahead with the organ donation. This should motivate every individual to pledge to be an organ donor and help save precious lives.