A 57-years-old Subhash Puri had met with an accident at Kondhali on November 23, and had sustained serious head injury. On December 11, he was declared brain dead. And, after his death, on December 13, he became part of history. For, he became the first deceased person whose organs were harvested at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Nagpur, and sent to various places.
Will doctors be allowed to retrieve vital organs from a patient who is on life support after a cardiac arrest but has been deemed to have no chance of a life? Heart and lung surgeons from across the state on Saturday campaigned for harvesting organ from a patient even before he/she is declared 'brain dead' at a scientific and technical meeting organised by the state transplant authority at the multi-speciality hospital on the Omandurar government estate.
Love transcends tragedy. A doctor couple from Amravati whose three-month-old baby is brain-dead following a road accident, has urged the state to relax the norms of cadaver donation to allow them to gift her organs. While guidelines in the country are still ambiguous on whether babies aged less than a year can be certified as brain dead, the Savarkars are determined to see their beloved daughter Meera live on, albeit through her donated organs.
Doctors and engineers are looking at unmanned machines in the skies as a safe route to healthcare. From transporting urine and poop samples to labs to delivering emergency medicine and equipment to trauma victims and transporting organs, Indian scientists have given themselves a year's time to develop and launch a prototype drone that can fly up to 250km and carry at least 40 kg payload.
Last Sunday evening was not a usual one for the commuters who stepped into Vadapalani Metro station. It was a musical journey for the passengers who were entertained by Carnatic music duo Ranjani-Gayathri with a two-hour concert that had musical compositions of Thyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar.
It’s 6 pm on a Sunday evening and as we reach the Vadapalani CMRL station, the music compositions of Thyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar, rendered by the famous sister duo Ranjani-Gayathri flows through the entire station. As we proceed to level 1 of the venue, there are over 800 people seated in chairs, tapping their fingers and animatedly listening to the concert. Not a Sabha, not a hall but in our very own metro!
In 2008, when the government was planning a series of orders to encourage cadaver organ donation, Dr Ashokan and Dr Pushpanjali were among the first to sign on the dotted line to donate organs of their teenaged son A Hitendran, who was declared brain dead on September 20, 2008.
There was a special enthusiasm among the nephrologists, uro surgeons, transplant coordinators in city on Monday which happened to be National Organ Donation Day. They were delighted to make a record with as many as four kidneys transplantations on a single day in four different city hospitals. Two kidneys were brought to Nagpur from Amravati through green corridor.
Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (HFW) recently inaugurated ‘8th Indian Organ Donation Day’, organised by the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO)