Brain dead man's kidneys transplanted into 2 patients, cornea sent to eye hospital

The Times of India | Bosco Dominique

PUDUCHERRY: A team of doctors from a hospital in Chennai and a private medical college cum hospital in the Union territory of Puducherry successfully harvested two kidneys and a cornea from a brain dead patient and transplanted the kidneys to two patients besides sending the cornea to a private hospital in Puducherry.

A 53-year-old man, who was referred to Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with a heart ailment and other complications, was brought dead. Investigations revealed that he suffered a cardiac arrest before reaching the hospital. The doctors on duty certified the patient 'brain dead' and counselled his relatives on organ donation.

His relatives came forward to donate his organs.

A team of doctors led by Madras Medical Mission (MMM) director (organ transplantation) S Saravanan harvested two kidneys and cornea of the brain dead patient. The team transplanted a kidney to a 65-year-old doctor from Chennai. The doctor had stopped practicing following renal failure. Continue reading