K.G. Hospital performs a marathon cadaver transplant surgery

44-year old R. Padmanabhan, son of Rangasamy, Singanallur, was riding his two wheeler in Singanallur on 13.1.2015, when another two wheeler hit him. As a result, Padmanabhan was thrown out of his vehicle with a serious head injury.

He was immediately rushed to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital in an ambulance by the bystanders.

Subsequently, he was referred to KG Hospital.

A team of specialists of KG Hospital did their best to save the accident victim, but their efforts were futile.

He was declared ‘brain dead’ after the brain scans revealed significant dysfunction of the brain. The first declaration of ‘brain death’ was made on 14.1.2015 at 10.35 a.m. and the second declaration of ‘brain death’ was made at 4.45 p.m. by the Chief Neurosurgeon, Dr. M. Natarajan, and Chief Neurologist, Dr. T.C.R. Ramakrishnan.

The patient’s relatives were informed about the brain death situation. The Assistant Cadaver Transplant Coordinator of KG Hospital, J. Vijayalakshmi, immediately thereupon discussed with the significant relatives of the victim regarding the option of organ donation by getting herself fully involved in the whole process and convinced them for voluntary donation of the organs of the victim.

The victim by profession was a ‘Sound Service’ specialist. His wife is a home maker. His daughter is studying in the 7th standard.

Multi organ harvesting was performed by the doctors of K.G. Hospital, which included:

Dr. V.P. Shanmugasundaram, Chief Surgeon

Dr. Ilangovan Veerappan, Chief Nephrologist

Dr. S.K. Varma, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. N.M. Balakrishnan, Urologist

Dr. S. Ramaswamy, Associate Nephrologist

Dr. R. Senthilkumar and Dr. A. Selvakumar, Anesthesiologists,

Dr. J. Jayashakeela & Dr. Baby Kavitha, Intensivists

Dr. Manoj Ramachandran, Chief Ophthalmologist

under the leadership of Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, K.G. Hospital.

Accordingly, the liver, kidneys and the eyes were donated on 15.1.2015 as under:

1 kidney each to K.G. Hospital, Coimbatore and MIOT Hospital, Chennai

Liver to Kovai Medical Centre & Hospital, Coimbatore

Heart valves to Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai

2 eyes to Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore

Cadaver transplantation gives a new lease of life to the recipients of various organs. There is an imminent need to propagate the importance of cadaver transplantation which can save lives.

The awareness about brain death and organ donation has significantly increased in Tamil Nadu, which is the frontrunner for this in the country. People increasingly are volunteering to donate their organs nowadays, compared to the situation a few years before.

Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, profusely thanked the donor’s family members for taking such a timely decision to donate the vital organs to those needing the same.

Dr. Bakthavathsalam also appreciated the role played by each and every one in the hospital in making this cadaver programme a smooth affair.

The Coimbatore City Traffic Police also played a vital role in providing speedy and safe passage for the ambulances carrying these organs to the other hospitals.

(Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam)

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