17-Year-Old Brain Dead Teenager Gives A New Lease Of Life To Four

Bangalore, 22nd January 2017: A 17-year-old boy met with a road accident was admitted at Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road on 12th January, 2017. He was declared brain dead on 19th January , 2017.

The victim met with a bike accident suffered a head injury along with multiple fractures and abdominal soft tissue injury. The patient being the only son was survived by his sister and mother. While bearing the trauma of losing a child, the mother agreed to donate her son’s organs giving a new lease of life to four other needy people.

The organs donated and retrieved by the hospital are his heart, liver, kidneys and corneas. One kidney was donated to a 44-year-old man who was undergoing dialysis for past five years. The transplant took place between 12:00 am and 3:30 am on 20th January, 2017. Dr Mohan Keshavamurthy, Director Urology, Uro-Oncology, Andrology and Transplant Surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, conducted the kidney transplant. The patient’s condition is stable and will recover completely within the next 10 days. After failing to receive a related kidney due to clinical incompatibility, approximately three years back ,the recipient signed up for the cadaveric kidney program hoping to receive a donor soon.

Parallely, the teenager’s heart was being transported to a private hospital in the city by creating a green corridor at 10.55pm. And also his liver, corneas and his second kidney was transported to another private hospital the city under the supervision of ZCCK (Zonal Coordination Committee for transplants in Karnataka).

Dr.Mohan Keshavamurthy adds ‘’a kidney is considered to be fit enough fortransplant within 24 hours of ischemic time but is always best to transplant itat the earliest. In this case, the advantage was that the donor and therecipient were available in the same hospital and the transplant was donewithin three and a half hours which helps in optidmal kidney functioning ”.

Close tohalf a million Indians die, failing to get organs on time. The reason being,lack of awareness on organ donation and logistical inabilities to retrieve andtransplant in an appropriate time frame.

We can help save such lives by increasingthe organ donation rate in the country.

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