August 13 is observed as World Organ Donation Day to spread awareness about the importance of donation of body organs in order to save the life of another person. Every year, a number of people lose their lives as they fail to live after the damage of a certain organ. But it is the grace of developing medical science that organ donation has become possible nowadays. Donation of organs like the heart, kidney, face, tissues, bone marrow and stem cells is possible nowadays.
According to law, any person above the age group of 18 years can donate any organ to the needy with the consent of his parents/guardians.
According to law, any person above the age group of 18 years can donate any organ to the needy with the consent of his parents/guardians. KEM Hospital in Mumbai established a new record of being the first hospital in India to perform a hand transplant on Thursday.
After a 13 hour long surgery, the hand was implanted in a man in his early 20s who hailed from Madhya Pradesh. Dr Hemant Deshmukh, who was leading the medical team during the surgery, said that the upcoming 10 days were extremely crucial for the patient. The head of plastic surgery, Dr Vinita Puri said that they had to be very patient while doing this transplant surgery as they first have to look that if the transplanted limb survived or not. Then they had to wait for the blood vessels to stabilize and then move on to the remaining procedures.
It was in Assam last month that the first bone marrow transplant (or Autologous Stem Cell Transplant) was conducted on a 58-year-old man suffering from multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer and bone marrow transplant is the first line of treatment in case of multiple myeloma. The transplant was conducted by Dr Asif Iqbaal, an associate professor of haemato-oncologist at Dr Bhubaneshwar Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati.