Odisha: Brain-dead woman donates organs to save 7 patients

Bhubaneswar: A brain-dead woman will give a new lease of life to seven others after her family members consented to donate her organs in Odisha.

Krishna Panda, a 56-year-old woman from Berhampur town, was admitted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar with severe brain injuries with little chance of revival following a road accident.

After doctors lost hope in bringing her back to life, her family members decided to donate her organs that could save the lives of many.

“The patient had an accident while she was riding a scooter. She suffered a brain hemorrhage in the accident. She was admitted to the AMRI Hospital on November 1 and declared brain-dead the next day. Based on consensus from the family members of the patient, the coordination process for multi-organ harvesting and donation started at the hospital after approval of the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (SOTTO). With organ donation, seven lives will be saved due to this benevolent act,” said Dr. Siddharth Mishra, superintendent of AMRI Hospital, Bhubaneswar.

Multiple vital organs including two lungs, two kidneys, and a liver were harvested from the single donor. The heart could not be retrieved due to some issues. The organs were transported to recipients in various parts of the country. While the lungs were transported to Chennai, the liver was sent to Kolkata. The kidneys were sent to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack, he added.

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