A 58-year-old shopkeeper from Karnal became the tenth cadaver organ donor this year at AIIMS, after his family agreed to donate his liver, kidneys, corneas and heart valves. His liver and kidneys were successfully transplanted in a marathon procedure involving three operation theatres from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.
Doctors at AIIMS said the donor, Narinder Saluja, had collapsed after a cardiac arrest during a routine cataract surgery at a nursing home in Karnal.
According to AIIMS director Dr M C Misra, Saluja was admitted to the nursing home for a planned cataract surgery on July 11.
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“He had a cardiac arrest during the surgery. After 15-20 minutes of CPR, he was revived and intubated. But three days later, his condition deteriorated and doctors told his family that he was brain dead,” Dr Misra said.
Saluja’s wife and three children wanted to donate his organs. According to AIIMS officials, they approached the institute for the same.
“On July 14, organ transplant coordinator at AIIMS, Rajeev Maikhuri, received a call from Saluja’s family about donating his organs and tissues. After consulting neurosurgeons, the family was asked to shift the deceased to AIIMS trauma centre,” Dr Misra said.
On July 17, according to protocol, a team of doctors declared that Saluja’s brain stem was dead after two evaluations — at 6.30 am and at 1 pm. The surgery to retrieve his organs started at 3.30 pm the same day.
Dr. Misra said Saluja’s wife, son and son-in-law signed the consent forms for his organ donation. “His heart was clinically not suitable for transplant. But we could retrieve his heart valves and they have been preserved in the AIIMS cadaver heart valve bank. His liver has been transplanted to an adult patient, who had been diagnosed with acute and chronic liver failure. Both his kidneys have been transplanted to two other patients. His corneas have been preserved in the AIIMS eye bank,” he said.
He added that both the kidney recipients were recovering well. The liver recipient was still on ventilator support but stable.
A team of 100 doctors, nurses and technicians from the cardiac, liver and eye surgery departments were involved in the organ retrieval and transplant surgeries, officials said.
Last year, the institute had only managed two cadaver multi-organ donations.