04 February 2020
Cuttack: 22-year-old Priyanka Patra’s death was a sad event for her family but her two kidneys and their magnanimity gave a fresh lease of life to two critically sick persons.
As per reports, Priyanka of Ganjam’s Digapahandi succumbed to her injuries in Apollo hospital, which she bore after a nasty accident. Even though the family was in grief, they approved the organ donations.
Last night a team of doctors from SCB Medical College and Hospital arrived at the Apollo hospital to harvest Priyanka’s kidney. It was rushed in a special ambulance to SCB ahead of Odisha’s first-ever cadaveric kidney transplant.
Her kidney was essential for a male patient, Khirod Sahoo (31), who under treatment at SCB since last eight months. The operation which began at about 5.15 am and ended successfully at 8.30 am today. It was performed by a team of five expert doctors which was headed by Urology department professor Dr Datteswar Hota.
Khirod’s mother Mithila Sahoo said, “My son was under treatment since last eight months but we were unable to find a donor for him. Today’s miraculous operation has now saved his life.” Khirod is said to be stable but under observation as of now.
Another kidney of Priyanka was transplanted on a patient suffering from renal failure in Apollo Hospitals. The transplant surgery at Apollo was carried out by a team of specialists of the private hospital.
The transplant operation is a major landmark in the history of Odisha’ healthcare services and will continue to be an example for other operations to follow.
The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act allows us to donate organs for transplant when we die and allows our families to provide permission as well. All donors are carefully screened to prevent disease transmission. Apart from being of the same blood group, other tests are performed to confirm compatibility.