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Organ donated from an 86-year-old brain dead patient helped Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi successfully perform cadaveric transplant and gift a life.

Date: 18 Sep 20

In a rare case, an 86-year-old lady who herself was a doctor, became one of the oldest cadaveric donors in Delhi. A resident of South Delhi, the lady was declared brain dead on 12th September late at night, in another hospital, after suffering from an acute stroke. The family expressed her wish of donating her liver and kidney, at the time of her death.

Many hospitals were apprehensive of retrieving the organs from an 86-year-old, but Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals welcomed the liver donation as it would be life-saving for a patient in need. A 42-year-old man who was a patient of Hepatitis C, consequently, had suffered from liver failure and was in urgent need of a liver transplant. The liver transplant team headed by Dr. Neerav Goyal at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals carried out the process of extracting the liver in a healthy condition and successfully performed the procedure of liver transplant.

While the kidney was accepted by the hospital where she died; the donor’s liver was transplanted at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, into a 42-year-old man at midnight on 13th September, within hours of the donation.

Dr Neerav Goyal, Senior Consultant, Liver Transplant, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said “The usual acceptable age for cadaver organ transplant is 65 years of age, people beyond that age are considered as marginal donors. They are only eligible for cadaver organ donation after evaluation of organ health, owing to possible pre-existing co-morbid conditions. When we got to know that there is a cadaver donor for liver, we decided to evaluate the organ to examine whether it was suitable for donation. The liver biopsy revealed that the lady had a perfectly healthy liver, like that of a young person, hence we decided to go ahead with the procedure of organ extraction. The organ was transported to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals and a successful procedure for liver transplant was done.”

“After four days of transplant the patient’s body has responded well and after post-transplant care the patient will be discharged” he further added.

Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “The Apollo Transplant program has to its credit the first successful Pediatric and Adult Liver Transplants in India that were performed in 1998. As a pioneer in the field of liver, kidney, heart, lung, pancreas and multi-organ transplantation, the team across the Apollo Group has continued to perform transplants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1st April, 233 solid organ transplants - 43 liver, 183 kidney, 4 other transplants have been performed giving patients a new lease of life.”

 

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