Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 10 Issue NO.: 32 (Mar 2011 - Jun 2011)

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  • Actor Sivakumar launches MOHAN Foundation's Organ Donation movement in Coimbatore

    MOHAN Foundation has plans to take the organ donation movement to other places in India. Coimbatore is the first big step in this direction. In an attempt to raise organ donation awareness within th...

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  • Donor Story “Life” - Ramya's Legacy

    Ramya, a 15 year-old girl, was a young and energetic school-going student. She was loved by all her friends and relatives. Ramya and her two siblings, a brother and a sister, belonged ...

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  • Double Hand Transplant

    Richard Edwards, 55, a chiropractor from Oklahoma, U.S.A. underwent a radical double hand transplant on 25 August 2010. He was severely injured in a fire in 2006. He survived and most of his injurie...

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  • Dr. Francis L. Delmonico, renowned transplant surgeon, visits MOHAN Foundation Chennai

    Dr. Francis L. Delmonico is a renowned transplant surgeon and a vocal campaignerof the deceased organ donation programme. He wears many hats - he is Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Mas...

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  • Facebook - Making friends and Saving lives

    If you thought Facebook was about finding and chatting with long-lost friends, think again. This is the true story of how a life was saved because of this social-networking site. Ms. April Capone Al...

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  • Facing the World with a smile

    Dallas Wiens, the United States' first face transplant patient has revealed that he will soon be going home and said that the return of his ability to smell and breathe through his nose are the best ...

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  • First Muslim body donor in Assam

    The Ellora Vigyan Mancha (EVM), is a voluntary organization, which is doing exemplary work in creating awareness about body and organ donation in Assam. Mr. Isfaqur Rahman, EVM's convener, is the hus...

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  • Harshita…Helping others live

    Seventeen-year-old Harshita was declared brain dead on April 29, 2011 at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. But today, she lives on through the lives of five other people to whom her organs we...

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  • Liver transplants at Apollo Hospitals hit a century

    The liver transplant unit in Apollo Hospitals, Chennai completed 100 liver transplants in May 2011 – an achievement indeed. The programme was started in 2008, and so far 102 liver transplantati...

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  • More Cost-Effective Immunosuppressant for Transplants Identified

    The results of the first head-to-head comparison of the three most common  drugs used at the time of a kidney transplant to prevent organ rejection have been published in the New England Journa...

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  • Prof. Toe Lwin from Myanmar visits MOHAN Foundation

    Eminent urologist Prof. Toe Lwin from Myanmar visited MOHAN Foundation, Chennai on 16th June 2011 to learn more about the cadaveric (deceased) organ donation programme in India. He visited the Founda...

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  • Transplant Coordination - A Fulfilling Career Option From MOHAN Foundation & IGNOU

    MOHAN Foundation–IGNOU Community College offers a one year Diploma programme in Transplant Coordination & Grief Counselling. MOHAN Foundation has been working in the field of deceased organ...

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  • Transplant Coordinators' Training Programme Held in April 2011

    MOHAN Foundation's one month Tr a n s p l a n t C o o r d i n a t o r s ' Tr a i n i n g Programme started on 18th April 2011. Participants from all across the country - Indore, Nasik, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Coimbatore and Chennai – attended the programme, which is supported by the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust. In addition to the intensive face-to face sessions, the participants also had to work on a project for two weeks.   Participants of Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme - April 2011, Chennai. The first week saw the transplant coordinators being introduced to the structure and function of the human body and the various organs. The structure and function of the brain and cranial nerves was discussed in detail by Dr. Navin Jayakumar. The legal aspects were also introduced with sessions on the Transplantation of Human Organs Act and Rules. The important subject of counselling techniques, qualities of a counsellor and grief counselling were covered by Mrs. Chandni Srinivasan, Clinical Psychologist.   As an ice-breaker to talking about solid organ donation, we had sessions on blood donation (by Dr. Rema Menon, Director- Blood Bank, Apollo Hospitals) and eye donation. A visit to the eye bank at Sankara Nethralaya was organized with the help of Mr. S.V.G. Subramaniam, Senior Executive at the eye bank. A diverse country like ours has different religions and therefore ther eligious and ethical perspectives on organ donation were discussed. As educating the community is an important part of a transplant coordinator's role, sessions on Public Speaking, Making Effective Power point Presentations (by Dr. S. Suresh, Director, MediScan) and Social Marketing (by Prof. Jayaram K. Iyer, LIBA) were held. The job of a transplant coordinator is extremely demanding, so there is a need for stress management. The talk on Spiritual Imperatives by Prof. Chandrashekhar Pandey, LIBA, helped them in this direction.   The second week of the Transplant Coordinators' Training programme began with a Basic Life Support Skills Workshop at TACT Academy. The workshop gave the participants hands-on practice in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, using an Automated External Defibrillator etc. It brought home the fact that saving the lives of others is in the hands of each one of us. In addition, there were sessions on Paediatric brain death (Dr. Bala Ramachandran), Tissue Typing and C r o s s m a t c h ( D r. A n i l a M a t h a n ) ,Transplantation of Human Organs Act and Tamil Nadu Government Orders. A visit to TANKER Foundation's subsidised Dialysis unit was organised to enable the participants to interact directly with patients with Chronic Kidney Disease and understand their need for support.   The Tamil Nadu Government Order on Post mortem was discussed in detail by  Dr.J.Amalorpavanathan, Convenor, Cadaver Transplant Programme, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. The topic of organ allocation was dealt with by Mr. C.E. Karunakaran of National Network for Organ Sharing (NNOS). He also took the participants through the Tamil Nadu Cadaver Tr a n s p l a n t Pr o g r a m m e ' s w e b s i t e - http:...

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  • Visit to the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation Service & Red Cross Blood Service

    On a recent visit to Australia in March 2011, I visited the New South Wales (NSW) Organ and Tissue Donation Service and the Australian Red Cross Blood service. This was to gain a clearer insight int...

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