Suryakant Jena

An emergency attempt to transplant kidneys from a brain-dead boy to two separate donors proved futile at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack on Wednesday.

According to sources, doctors at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar operated the pair of kidneys from a brain-dead 6-year-old boy Sudhansu Lenka from Jagatsinghpur after his parents decided to donate both his organs as a gesture of goodwill after required permission from State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation. 

Later, experienced surgeons at the Cuttack SCB began preparations to transplant both kidneys of the boy on two patients. However, as the organs did not match the recipients’ groups, doctors had to call off the surgeries.

With no option left, the two kidneys were transferred to a 33-year-old man and 55-year-old lady at a private hospital in the State capital city.

Meanwhile, the failure in the transplant surgeries at the State-run premier healthcare institute has sparked criticism from several quarters. Many have even blamed the execution of the entire surgery process in a hasty and haphazard manner as the reason behind the incident.

While the incident has raised serious questions on the ability of the doctors at the Urology department of the SCB, the chief of the Urology department at the SCB, Dr Samir Swain clarified that organs from a dead person is removed fast to ensure preservation of its better health until transplant. The organ can stay in good condition for about 24 hours.  

Sameer Das Adhikari, one of the doctors in charge of the transplant surgery at the private hospital in Bhubaneswar said both the recipients are in stable condition after the surgeries.