K.G. Hospital performs a marathon cadaver transplant surgery

38-year old P. Balasubramanian, who does not have right arm, son of R. Palaniswamy, working as an Accountant in a Central Government office in Coimbatore and staying in the government quarters was proceeding to Vadavalli in his two wheeler at 7.30 p.m. on the 16th November to visit his elder brother. Another two wheeler hit him and he was seriously injured.

Palaniswamy’s wife is a housewife. He has a 5-year old boy.

He was immediately taken to a local hospital by the bystanders. After initial treatment, he was brought to KG Hospital at 9.30 p.m. on the 16th November for advanced treatment.

On 16th November, Dr. M. Natarajan, Chief Neurosurgeon, performed a marathon brain surgery on the left side of the brain at 11.50 p.m.

On the 17th November, he underwent a second brain injury on the left side of the brain.

Despite best treatment done at KG Hospital, he did not respond to it. He was declared ‘brain dead’ after the brain scans revealed significant dysfunction of the brain.

The first declaration of ‘brain death’ was made on 18.11.2014 at 9.15 a.m. and the second declaration of brain death was made on 18.11.2014 at 3.59 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 Cadaver Transplant Coordinator of KG Hospital, CB Chandrasekaran, immediately thereupon discussed with the significant relatives of the victim regarding the option of organ donation by getting himself fully involved in the whole process and convinced them for voluntary donation of the organs of the victim.

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. 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 19.9.2014 as under:

1 kidney each to K.G. Hospital and PSG Hospital, Coimbatore

Liver to PSG Hospital

2 eyes to Aravind 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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