Heart & liver of brain dead youth gives new life to 2 persons

New Delhi: A 21-year-old youth, who was declared brain dead, gave a fresh lease of life to two patients by donating his heart and liver.

The donor, who was admitted to Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIIMS) hospital in Indore after suffering serious injuries in a road accident was declared brain dead on March 6 following which the doctors consulted his family who agreed to donate his organs.

"A call was made to the Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation(ORBO) at AIIMS following which a team of surgeons from the cardio-thoracic and vascular sciences centre (CTVS) led by Milind Hote flew to the Indore hospital and retrieved the heart of the patient. Liver of the deceased was also retrieved as it was in good condition.

"Traffic police of both local cities provide green corridor from retrieval hospital to airport and from airport to harvest hospital," said AIIMS Director M C Mishra. The organs were flown to Delhi and implanted to a 28-year old Rohtak resident suffering from Ischemic Cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the left ventricle, which is the main heart muscle, is usually enlarged and dilated.

The liver was transplanted to a adult at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences(ILBS), who is doing well after the surgery. Over 500 medicos and para-medicos were involved in the whole process, Mishra added.

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