PGIMER becomes first govt hospital to perform lung transplant

July 12, 2017 09:59 PM

Chandigarh : The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, performed its first lung transplant on Tuesday. With it, the institute becomes the first in the northern region and the first government hospital in the country to perform such transplant.

A team of over 20 surgeons and paramedics spent over 12 hours in the operation theatre wherein they retrieved six organs and saved four lives. Apart from this, two were given vision. We wanted to do lung transplant and had been waiting for a suitable donor," said Dr Sandeep Rana, one of the surgeons who conducted the organ transplant. "Lung transplant is not very complicated in comparison to other organs, but the results are not very encouraging. In the northern region, no hospital, not even All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has performed the lung transplant. In south, some private hospitals are conducting surgeries, but no one knows their success rate," said Prof Ashutosh from the PGIMER pulmonary medicine department.

On Monday morning, 22-year-old Bhola Singh from Gholia Kalan village in Moga was rushed to the PGIMER with a severe head injury. He was already brain dead. The transplant co-ordination team sprung into action and it took no time to convince his family.

The surgeons called organ recipients. Bhola was also shifted for organs retrieval. The transplant took over 12 hours. "Around 1.30am, we started the procedure and it ended at 2:30pm, the next day. It was very challenging but we are happy that it was a success," said Dr Sandeep Rana.

"While, the lungs were being removed from the donor in one OT, we started surgery on the other table to remove the recipient's lungs, which is a tedious task," said Dr Rana. Meanwhile, other organs were retrieved and transplanted by other teams in different OTs.

Dr Rana said: "The recipient, a 34-year-old Sangrur woman, is fine. All the parameters are within normal limits, but still we will have to observe her for many days to say that she is out of danger."

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