Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Becomes Part of History as the City’s First Green Corridor Is Created for Transportation of Organs of Deceased Donor
Kolkata, November 08, 2016: Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, the face of compassionate, world-class healthcare in Eastern India, was recently witness to an instance of a ‘humane touch’ that transforms lives. The parents of a young student, who had been admitted to the hospital following an accident on October 30, 2016, and was declared brain-dead on November 03, 2016, had decided on multi-organ donation for their only son. This is the third recorded instance of a deceased-donor organ donation in the city this year, and bears testimony to the growing awareness among the public towards this socio-medically important decision.
Swarnendu Roy, an 18 year old who was scheduled to appear for his Higher Secondary examinations at the end of the year, had met with a road traffic accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. He was admitted at the hospital, where a team of surgeons undertook a decompression craniotomy to reverse the damage. However, despite the best efforts of the multi-disciplinary team, the young man slipped into a coma, and was declared brain-dead on the morning of November 03, 2016.
His family contacted the hospital authorities, who got in touch with the Department of Health, Government of West Bengal, to facilitate this noble decision. The Health Department officials extended prompt support, and on completion of the necessary formalities, Swarnendu’s kidneys, liver and cornea was harvested for transplant. While one of the kidneys was given to a recipient at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals itself, the other kidney and liver was taken to SSKM Hospital for transplant. A team of doctors was flown in from Apollo Delhi to undertake the procedures in collaboration with the expert surgeons at the hospital.
The Kolkata Police too, played a key role in the entire process, creating the first ‘Green Corridor’ in the history of the city to ensure that the harvested organs reached the target destination in the shortest possible time. A ‘Green Corridor’ refers to a special route that is created by the police for the expediting organ transfers. The traffic signals along the entire stretch are turned green, clearing traffic congestion, while a police escort car leads the organ-carrying vehicle on its journey.
Dr Rupali Basu, President and CEO ER, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, observed, “Our hearts go out to Swarnendu’s parents, whose courage in the face of such a loss is exemplary, and deserves our plaudits. Their decision has helped save three lives, besides returning the gift of sight to two more people. We are also grateful to the officials of the Department of Health, Government of West Bengal, and the Kolkata Police for their prompt and decisive support, which contributed significantly to the successful outcome of this noble initiative. The incident, which happens to coincide with the preparations for our 13th Anniversary Celebrations, serves to remind us once again of the key role that we have come to play in the healthcare landscape of the region. As the preferred destination for trusted care in Eastern India, we will continue to work towards raising awareness about such vital decisions that save lives, and resonate through the pages of history.”
Dr. Sujay Kar Director Medical Services of the Apollo Hospitals told the press it is most important to educate and counsel the people of the donor family in case of brain death to volunteer the donation of organ for the society.In this connection he appreciated the West Bengal Government and her health services team to support such initiatives.
Also he added that in case of organ donation no billing is done for the donor party.
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It was in 1983, that Dr Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program having conducted over 1,500 solid organ transplants in 2014-15 alone.
Now, as Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 9,215 beds across 64 Hospitals, 2,100 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 110 plus Telemedicine Centres and 80 plus Apollo Munich Insurance branches panning the length and breadth of the Country. As an integrated healthcare service provider with Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy capability, 12 plus medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Centre across Asia, Africa and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual.
In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 28 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.