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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Cuttack: Setting another land mark in health care industry in Odisha, the first ever cadaveric organ transplant was successfully conducted at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack Monday night.

As per reports, Priyankarani Patra, a resident of Digapahandi was declared as brain dead in a private hospital in Bhubaneswar after she met with an accident few days back.

Her parents decided to donate her organs to the needy in honour of her memory. A team of doctors from SCB reached the private hospital from where her body was shifted and later organs were successfully transplanted from her to recipient’s body at SCB after a marathon operation that lasted for about seven hours.

While organ transplants aren’t new to Odisha, a cadaveric transplant which typically means transplantation of an organ from a dead body to another patient is a rare procedure and doctors have claimed that Priyankarani Patra's case is probably the first such successful surgery.

Speaking to OTV, Dr. Biswajeet Nanda, a surgeon at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar said, “Not all organs can be retrieved from a dead body. Only heart, liver, kidney and pancreas which last for few hours after death can be salvaged from a body and transplanted in another body. The whole procedure of retrieval and transplant should be completed within six hours of the donor’s death.”

According to Dr. Nanda the most vital factor in this kind of transplant is time. The organ starts to decay as soon as the body dies, so doctors cannot delay to retrieve and transplant the organ.

“Though the success rate in cadaveric transplant is marginally lower than the live donor transplant, the procedure has gradually been adopted in many hospitals in view of inadequate live donors these days,” added Nanda.

Describing what went through during the process, Priayanka’s brother-in-law said, “She was struggling for life since last nine days in the hospital after an accident occurred on 26th January at Digapahandi. Finally she lost her battle and doctors pronounced her as brain dead.”

“After much deliberation, the family members came to a decision to donate her organs so that her memory could be preserved for a long time,” added her brother-in-law.

Meanwhile, the recipient of the kidney, Firoze Sahoo from Bargarh’s Attabira got a new life after the operation. His father, Lugeswar Sahoo said, “I thank the family of donor and the state government for making this happen. My son was suffering from the last six months and Priyanka came in as a blessing for him.”

The rare feat has received accolades from many quarters including CM Naveen Patnaik. In a tweet Patnaik hailed the efforts of the doctors and praised the courage of the family of Priyanka who donated her organs.

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