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India's first hand transplantation surgery praised by international experts

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : March 19, 2015 1:55 PM IST

In January, a revolutionary surgery was performed by doctors at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, where the country's first-hand transplantation surgery carried out. The team, Dr Manu and his assistant Dr Vijay, has been applauded by the medical fraternity worldwide for their successful attempt at this complex surgery. Warren C Breidenbach, who carried out the world's first-hand transplant, flew down from the USA to meet the duo. Dr Breidenbach hailed their efforts and expressed satisfaction over the hospital s advanced methods, and assured every help in its research activities.

As quoted in the Indian Express, Dr Breidenbach said that hand transplantations in India are rare as donating hands in India is not yet common. He also informed that his team has performed over 86 surgeries in America and Europe as organ donation including hands is a common practise in Western countries.

What is organ transplantation?

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Organ transplantation is required in cases when a person is suffering from organ failure, and the organ needs to be replaced. The replacement can only be carried out when the patient gets an organ from another person who is known as the donor. This donor may be someone who has recently died or someone who is living and wishes to donate his/her organ. In the case of a dead donor (also known as a cadaver donor) a doctor can harvest organs like the heart, lungs, skin, eyes, intestines, liver, pancreas etc. But in the case of a living donor he/she can donate organs like the kidney and liver and even stem cells.

The process of organ donation is quite complex and needs a large amount of tests before the donation actually occurs. Apart from the tests there are a number of laws governing the transplantation and donation of organs mainly done to curb the rising trend of the organ black market. Wondering about the rules that govern an organ donation? Read all about it here.

In India the organ donation scenario is very dismal as a number of people shy away from pledging their organs either due to fear or because of all the myths that surround the practice. The fact of the matter still remains that organ donation can help save someone s life after a person s death. Why allow perfectly good organs to go to waste when they can be the reason for someone else s life? Want to know more about how to pledge your organs?Here are all the answers you might need.

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