In a first, the PGIMER has conducted a simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant of a 32-year-old woman from Ludhiana this week. Doctors say such transplants are rare, as it is not done on a regular basis in hospitals across the country.
According to PGI doctors, the transplant was performed on May 27 and the patient is stable now. The recipient was also diabetic, said the doctors.
“This is a very rare because it was simultaneously done and pancreas and kidneys were transplanted into the patient. The PGI has done this for the first time,” Dr Ashish Sharma, Additional Professor, Department of Renal Transplant Surgery said.
According to sources at the PGI, it took the doctors nearly seven hours to complete the operation.
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The recipient was in need of two organs and after now, after the successful transplant, the patient will be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.
PGI doctors said that the last time such a simultaneous transplant was done was in AIIMS in 2004.
“Such operations have several complexities and not many centres do it. This is not regularly done by hospitals across the country. We are happy that we are able to do it successfully,” said Dr Ashish.
There has been an increase in organ donations in PGI in the recent past. As a resylt, the doctors have been able to perform more organ donation transplants this year.
As per the details provided by the PGI, so far, 11 cases of brain dead organ donation have been done in May as compared to 5 till May 2015.
Against the total number of 250 organ donations in 2015, the PGI this year has already done 100 organ donations (Cadaveric and living).
According to the PGI doctors, the increase in the organ donation cases is because of the increasing awareness among the public. To promote organ donation, this year, PGIMER was designated as Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO) under National Organ & Tissue Transplant Programme (NOTP).
“We are witnessing a change in the mindset among the public. Now people are coming forward for organ donation. Efforts and engagement of the civil society, religious leaders and other stakeholders are required in creating more public awareness about the cause,” Dr Vipin Koushal, from the PGI’s hospital administration who is also the Nodal Officer, ROTTO. “We are hopeful that we will witness increasing organ donation cases at PGI in the future.”