AIIMS seeks govt’s nod to con­duct lung trans­plant

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS) has sought per­mis­sion from Delhi gov­ern­ment for con­duct­ing lung trans­plant. It in­volves re­plac­ing the dis­eased lung of a per­son with a healthy lung re­ceived from a de­ceased donor. Till date, very few such trans­plants have been done in the coun­try.

Dr Ran­deep Gu­le­ria, direc­tor of AIIMS, said the in­fra­struc­ture for lung trans­plant is avail­able and the hos­pi­tal has also held ca­dav­eric work­shop for train­ing. “We have short­listed few pa­tients who need the trans­plant. As soon as the li­cence is re­ceived and, if a lung is avail­able, the trans­plant will be car­ried out,” he said.

Un­like kid­ney and liver trans­plant, where even near rel­a­tives can donate a part of their or­gan for trans­plant, lung trans­plants can only be car­ried out with or­gan do­nated by a de­ceased donor, like in the case of heart trans­plant.

Also, lung trans­plant is sug­gested only when all other treat­ment op­tions have been ex­hausted and pa­tient has reached end-stage lung fail­ure. “Very few cen­ters in In­dia are con­duct­ing lung trans­plant at present. In pri­vate hos­pi­tals, cost is so high that peo­ple can­not af­ford it,” said a doc­tor.

Lung trans­plant in hu­mans was first at­tempted in 1963 in the US. How­ever, due to high re­jec­tion rate and heal­ing is­sues, fewer trans­plants could be con­ducted in the decades to come. How­ever, doc­tors say, with the avail­abil­ity of high-end an­tibi­otics and im­proved sur­gi­cal tech­niques, the suc­cess rate has im­proved. A45-

year-old spe­cial po­lice of­fi­cer (SPO) of Gur­gaon po­lice died af­ter his bike was hit by a tuck near Sec­tor 7, IMT, Mane­sar on Fri­day evening. The er­rant driver man­aged to flee, leav­ing be­hind the ve­hi­cle, which was taken in cus­tody and a case was reg­is­tered.

Un­like kid­ney and liver trans­plant, where even near rel­a­tives can donate a part of their or­gan, lung trans­plants can only be car­ried out with an or­gan do­nated by a de­ceased donor

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