SUM, SUMUM in Odisha promote organ donation with a mission mode

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 30, 2024 IST

Prasanta Kumar Dash

Bhubaneswar, May 29: Be it hyper-critical traumatic intervention, Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT)  or a critical surgery with multiple morbidities with elderly patients, the IMS&SUM Hospital and its ultramodern unit SUMUM in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar have been ultimate destinations for the patients to deal with.

Following a number of successful Plasma transplants  during the peak period of the Corona pandemic and persistently taken up rare surgeries with liver and kidney dysfunctions, the super specialty hospitals are now promoting organ donation and transplant procedure on the life saving mission mode.

Next to the mission of voluntary blood donation, organ donation is now getting momentum across the world. Harvesting live and retrievable organs from healthy bodies has now saved precious lives from the threshold of death while someone has lost one or many of his pivotal organs accidentally.

Besides providing ultimate health care facility to the needy ones and spreading health awareness, the Siksha O Anusandhan University through its IMS& SUM Hospital and SUMUM, has been revitalizing innovations and excellence in medical science by laying utmost emphasis on organ donation and organ transplant with the needy patients.

On Dec 2, 2021 the medical establishments had organized a talk on Organ Donation to promote awareness . Doctors and medical professionals attended the talks where the history of organ donation, the process flow and myths associated with it were discussed.  

The legend of Organ Donation starts when the SUM and SUMUM authorities could educate a bereaved couple to pledge their 15 years old daughter’s multiple organs while the little champ was declared brain dead in 2022.The girl was suffering from a tumor in the brain and despite the best efforts of the treating doctors at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital here, she couldn’t be revived. The two kidneys of the girl saved lives of two patients who were awaiting transplantation.

To propagate the essence of Organ donation among people, one of the doctors of the SUM Hospital, Prof. Dr Alok Mohanty, department of Surgery had pledged the organs of his father, free of malicious morbidities, who was declared brain dead following a traumatic hemorrhage.

Recently, parents of a 21-month-old male baby, who was declared brain dead at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital  donated  the child’s organs to save two other lives elsewhere. The baby, born in the hospital in July 2022, had developed health issues subsequently and fell sick intermittently. He was brought to the hospital by the parents several times and had recovered after treatment,

The infant was again admitted into the hospital about a fortnight ago and was diagnosed with meningitis,.After being treated in the ICU, the baby suffered a septic shock and was declared brain dead.

The infant’s parents, Gouri Shankar Panigrahi and Sharmistha Panigrahi, had expressed their desire to donate the organs of the baby, following counseling of SUM doctors.

The hospital authorities passed on the information to the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO) who, in turn, got in touch with the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) to take the matter forward.

It was decided that the liver of the infant would be flown to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) at New Delhi for a baby awaiting transplantation. The kidneys were taken to a city-based hospital for another patient needing transplant.

A team from the local AIIMS here harvested the liver to be taken to New Delhi through a green corridor for smooth passage to the Biju Patnaik Airport.

Prof. (Dr.) Rachita Sarangi, Acting Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said this was the first time in Odisha that the organs of such a small baby had been harvested to help save lives elsewhere.

This was the third time since 2022 that organs from brain dead patients in the IMS and SUM Hospital had been harvested and taken to other hospitals for transplantation. Organs of two brain dead patients at the SUM Ultimate Medicare had also been flown out of the city within the last one year for needy patients who were awaiting transplantation and languishing in uncertainty.

Superintendent of IMS & SUM Hospital Pusparaj Samantsinghar said, pledging organs to others at need, is a noble venture because it gives the recipient a new lease of life and harvests an eternal smile on so many faces. However, organ donation in Odisha is yet to be a mission like voluntary blood donation due to lack of mass awareness and medico-legal complications. Whereas, in southern India and in western nations organ donation and organ transplant have  already gained momentum due to public support and ease norms for harvesting donated human organs and quicker transplant procedures.

“We, here in the IMS and SUM Hospital, have accepted ‘Organ Donation’ as a social mission. We sensitize every patient and their attendants, coming for health services on the significance of organ donation. However, the movement of organ donation and utmost utilization of the precious body parts harvested from brainstem dead donors lacks community interventions due to social dogmas and prevailing socio-cultural stigmas. Yet, doctors and paramedics of the premiere healthcare institutions adopt multifaceted and persistent approaches to counsel people about the holistic boons of organ donation”, said Dr. Samantsihghar.   

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