Suryakant Jena

Doctors at the Chennai Apollo Hospitals breathed a new life into 24-year-old Odisha youth Amrit Pradhan who has been suffering from pneumonia and septicaemia in the lungs after testing positive for Covid-19 in June earlier this year.

Amrit’s sister Manisha Pradhan informed that the lungs were first operated out from a youth who died after falling from a multi storey building in Chennai and later transplanted in Amrit's body under the watch of a special team of specialist doctors on Saturday. The operation lasted for around eight to ten hours.

“Doctors asked us to prepare for surgery as he was not getting better despite being under ECMO support and after consent from our side, they initiated the process,” said Manisha.

Amrit, a resident of Basudev Nagar area in the Berhampur city of Ganjam district is an engineer at by profession. He along with his other family members contracted Covid in May. While all his family members recuperated from the disease, his health condition deteriorated. Doctors at the AIIMS hospital in Bhubaneshwar advised his family for a lung transplant and better treatment which would cost crores.

Later with help of massive crowd-funding and expenditure from personal accounts, Amrit was airlifted to Chennai where he was put under ECMO support.

Speaking to OTV, Amrit's sister said that her family has so far spent over Rs 2 crores in his treatment. Moreover, Rs 70-80 lakhs is likely to be spent in the process further.

(By Somatirtha Purohit)