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Rare Organ Donation at Medica Superspecialty Hospital Yet Again: Cornea of Brain Dead Woman Donated

SLUG: In a rare cadaveric organ donation, a 57-year-old brain dead woman at Medica donated cornea; liver was not fit for harvesting

Kolkata:  Mrs. Monika Kar, (a 57-years female patient) a known case of chronic kidney disease (CKD) on maintenance hemodialysis, was admitted to Medica Superspecialty Hospital on 9th October 2018. She was presented to us with large Intracranial haemorrhage. She was put on a mechanical ventilation along with other supportive care including dialysis. A neurosurgical opinion was taken, and as per their opinion, the patient was not fit for any surgical intervention. On further examination, the brain stem reflexes were found to be absent and the apnea test was performed as per the standard protocol, which was positive. Medica Declared the Brain Death of Patient After the Apnea test. Following this, the patient’s relatives were counselled for organ donation.  The woman’s husband, Mr. Bikash Ranjan Kar, agreed for the donation of the organs.


Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) authorities were duly informed regarding the same, immediately. Thereafter, the Liver and Cornea of the patient were successfully allocated to a government hospital and a private hospital, respectively, in the city.

 However, it was found that the liver was not fit for harvesting. The cornea was retrieved successfully.

“We recognise that this wonderful accomplishment would not have been possible without the selfless act by the patient’s family. We thank the members of the family. We will always extend our sincere support to organ transplantation initiative. We are grateful to the state government for supporting all the stakeholders involved in this cause,” said Dr. Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Superspecialty Hospital.


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