Multiple organs were harvested from a 56-year-old woman employee of a nationalized bank in Coimbatore, who was declared brain dead in KG Hospital on December 4, 2017, according to Dr G.Bakthavathsalam, Chairman of the hospital.
In a statement Dr Bakthavathsalam stated that the patient suddenly fell unconscious at her work place in the bank on November 30, 2017.
She was immediately rushed to KG Hospital where she was diagnosed to have suffered Cardio-vascular Accident (CVA) and Intra-cerebral Hemorrhage (ICH).
A team of specialists in KG Hospital made sincere efforts to revive her but she did not make any progress. On Sunday (December 3, 2017) her brain became dysfunctional and she suffered an irreversible brain damage.
The mandatory first apnoea test was conducted on her at 9 a.m. and the second apnoea test at 3 p.m. on December 3, 2017, and following which the doctors had declared her brain dead.
The patient, a widow, is survived by two sons and one daughter. After duly getting the consent of her sons and daughter, the patient’s vital organs such as the heart, the liver, the lungs, kidneys, eyes, skin and bones were harvested on December 4, 2017.
The Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu has allotted the liver and one kidney to KG Hospital, another kidney to Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, eyes to Aravind Eye Hospital, skin and bones to Ganga Hospital, and the heart and lungs to Fortis Malar Hospital/Global Hospital.
“This humanitarian gesture of the family, even at the time of personal tragedy, will save the lives of at least 9 patients who are desperately in need of organ transplants,” Dr Bakthavathsalam added.