Driver from Andaman gets liver, a new lease of life, thanks to Bengaluru family's gesture

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-10-20 20:12 Bengaluru: An ambulance driver from Andaman and Nicobar Islands got a new lease of life after a family from Sunkadakatte, located on the city outskirts, donated the liver of a deceased family member. On Monday, Jayalakshmamma had come to see her relatives in Sunkadakatte from Mandya. After having her dinner, she complained of vomiting sensation and uneasiness. Suddenly, she collapsed and injured her head. The family members rushed her to BGS Global Hospital in Kengeri. Doctors said the patient was bleeding from brain and declared her brain dead. After keeping the patient on observation for 24 hours, the family was told that chances of Jayalakshmamma’s survival were remote, and that they should approach ZCCK if they want to donate the organs. "We decided to donate her organs to save lives. We wanted to set a precedent among villagers back home. Her liver was of great help to a person who had come all the way from Andaman," said, Srinivas, Jayalakshmamma's elder son. Dr Suresh Raghavaiah, Transplant Surgeon, BGS, who harvested the liver, said there were no complications during the transplant and termed the patient from Andaman, who had come for his regular check-up, “lucky”. Doctors said the recipient was suffering from ascites, a fluid accumulation in liver. "If he had continued with the treatment of removal of fluids for a few more months, he would have died," added Raghavaiah. The challenge Talking about organ donation, Manjula KU, Chief Transplant Coordinator, Zonal Coordination Committee for Cadaver Donation Karnataka (ZCCK), said relatives of donors are usually confused and scared about the process while some decline due to religious sentiments. “This is the challenge in organ donation,” she said. "Apart from liver, two kidneys and two corneas were retrieved. One kidney is banked at BGS and other was sent to Institute of Nephro-Urology, eyes were sent to Narayana Nethralaya, and the heart valves were sent to Narayana Hrudalaya," she said. Total number of donations in 2016   Heart-        45   Heart