The Hush Post: In a difficult but successful operation conducted at PGI, Chandigarh, an 11-month-old brain dead boy has saved the life of a 38-year-old woman suffering from kidney failure.
Dr Ashish Sharma, Head, Department of renal transplant surgery, PGIMER, who conducted the operation said, “With time the kidneys will grow in size, but till then the patient will have to take precautions, like maintaining the blood pressure level as that of a child”.
Talking to a news daily, he said the child could also be the youngest organ donor in the country. The doctor, who has earlier too conducted such operations, said the first priority was child recipients, but, the cross-match identified an adult recipient. Calling it a challenging task, Dr Sharma said, “The biggest challenge was that the infant’s kidneys were half the size (4.5cm) of the adult’s kidney (11 cm). So, suturing the kidneys and positioning them was challenging.”
The baby Pritam’s parents live in Sector 45, Chandigarh. The baby’s father Lakshman, 24, said, “I could not save my son. At least by donating his organs, I had the chance to save someone else’s life.”
On July 6, the child fell out of a cot, causing grievous head injury and declared brain dead on July 7.
Following the consent of the parents, the baby’s kidneys were retrieved and transplanted in a 38-year-old woman from Punjab.