The liver, kidneys and eyes of V. Devendra, a 56-year-old resident of Hassan district in Karnataka, were harvested at a city hospital on Sunday. He was declared “˜brain dead”™ due to injuries suffered in a road traffic accident here on Friday.
Devendra had come to the city to attend a wedding. He met with an accident while riding a twowheeler at Annur. After first aid, he was shifted to K.G. Hospital.
However, brain scans revealed significant damage to the brain rendering it dysfunctional.
The mandatory first declaration of “˜brain death”™ was made on Saturday at 3.10 p.m. and the second declaration at 9.10 p.m. by a team of doctors comprising M. Natarajan, neuro surgeon, and T.C.R. Ramakrishnan, neurologist.
The patient”™s relatives were informed about the condition following which Cadaver Transplant Coordinator of KG Hospital C.B. Chandrasekaran spoke to them regarding organ donation.
Upon obtaining the family”™s consent, the organs were retrieved by a team of doctors including V.P. Shanmugasundaram, Chief Surgeon, Ilangovan Veerappan, Chief Nephrologist, N.M. Balakrishnan, Urologist, S. Ramaswamy, Associate Nephrologist, S.K. Varma, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon, R. Senthilkumar and A. Selvakumar, Anesthesiologists, besides Ashok Hariharan, Jayashakeela and Dr. Kavitha, Intensivists and his team
While one kidney was donated to a patient at K.G. Hospital, the other kidney was given to Ramakrishna Hospital, the liver to MIOT Hospital, Chennai and the eyes to Aravind Hospital here.
Hospital chairman G. Bakthavatchalam said that awareness about organ donation had significantly increased in the Coimbatore region with more number of people volunteering to donate organs.
Devendra, who had come to the city to attend a wedding, met with an accident while riding a two-wheeler at Annur