FORT conducts Summit on Organ Donation & Transplantation in Children in partnership with MOHAN Foundation

Updated on Friday, August 4, 2017
  • On July 29, 2017 Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplant & Department of Pediatrics, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram in collaboration with MOHAN Foundation under the aegis of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization organized a Summit on Organ Donation and Transplantation in Children at Meditorium, FMRI, Gurugram.


    Doctors from Spain, UK, USA, Australia and India came together in India’s first Organ Donation & Transplantation Summit in Children and discussed ways to take it forward.


    Mr Simmardeep Singh Zonal Director, FMRI gave the welcome address. Mr. Adrian Gutierrez Science & Technology Counsellor, Embassy of Spain in his address spoke about the recent MoU that India has signed with Spain for cooperation in the fields of organ & tissue retrieval, procurement & management.


    Dr. Mohan Ram Mysore Pediatric Emergency Medicine doctor gave an overview on brain death in neonates and children. Dr. Marti Manyalich President International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP), Spain shared the Spanish experience on diagnosis of brain death & retrieval in children. Mr. Darius Mirza Professor of Hepatobiliary & Transplant Surgery, Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Mumbai shared his vast experience in liver transplantation in children.


    Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation gave an overview of the THO Act and gave recommendations to overcome the shortcomings regarding brain death assessment in children and inclusion of ancillary tests. Ms. Sujatha Suriyamoorthi, Manager - Information Systems made a lucid and comprehensive presentation on Pediatric organ donors: challenges in counselling. She emphasised that counselling families was not an isolated event and that every member of the health care team had a role to play in providing care for the patient and family.


    Few of the other prominent doctors and experts who attended the seminar included: Dr. Vimal Bhandari Director, NOTTO, Dr. Bala Ramachandran. KKCT, Chennai, Dr. Vijay Palaniswamy MGH, Jaipur & Dr. Harsha Jauhari Advisor, NOTTO


    The highlight of the seminar was “Case Capsule from India” with its summary and recommendations. All present unanimously agreed on the following:

    • No age limit for organ donation in children
    • Time interval between two tests (Brain Stem Death Certification) 24 hours for neonates below 30 days, 12 hours for 30 days-12 years and 6 hours for 12-18 years.
    • If pediatric neurologist/neurosurgeon not available for brain stem death testing then MD/DNB pediatrics can sign death certificate.
    • Ancillary testing is important in children and would have to play a role.

    Source-Ms Jyoti Sharma
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