Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: In a landmark achievement, the harvesting process for second cadaver kidney transplant in Odisha was successfully conducted by doctors at Apollo Hospitals in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

As per reports, both the kidneys of Suchitra Dash, a 56-year-old brain dead patient, was retrieved by Dr. Samiran Das Adhikary, Senior Surgeon, Urology Department. After retrieval, the kidneys will be transplanted to the patients as per the list approved by State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO), informed Adhikary. While one of the kidneys will be transplanted on 55-year-old Jagannath Sura at Apollo Hospital, the other organ will be transplanted on another patient at AMRI hospital.

The donor had CVA(Cerebro Vascular Accident) & was admitted to Apollo Hospital on February 23 and was declared brain dead by brain death committee on Wednesday. After detail counselling by doctors and staff at Apollo Hospitals, Gopal Dash, husband of the donor gave his consent to donate both the kidneys.

In a statement, Apollo Hospitals said that it followed all the necessary guidelines as mentioned in SOTTO guidelines to conduct the organ transplant process.

"The second cadaver kidney transplant has been done. I hope that the state government should lay out better guidelines in the future so that such procedure can be executed in a better manner. Had we managed to transplant liver, intestines and some other organs of this patient, it would have been great," said Dr Pravas Acharya, President, Body and Organ Donation Society of India (BODI)

Earlier this month, the first ever cadaveric organ transplant in the State was successfully conducted at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. The kidney of 26-year-old donor Priyankarani Patra was transplanted on Khirod Sahoo after a three-hour-long surgery at SCB.

Doctors of a private hospital in Bhubaneswar had declared Priyankarani Patra, a resident of Ganjam district's Digapahandi, brain dead days after she sustained critical injuries in a road accident, following which her family members agreed to donate her organs.

On the direction of the State Health Department, doctors of the state-run hospital had visited the private medical institution and removed Patra's kidney, later transplanting them on Sahoo.