Brain dead man's organs save 7 lives
R. Meenakshi Sundaram (49), a businessman of Annanagar, Madurai, recently suffered a serious head injury in an accident at Pudukottai. He underwent initial treatment at Pudukottai Government Hospital and further treatment at a private hospital in Trichy, where he was declared to be brain dead. He was then brought to MMHRC, where the neurosurgeons confirmed his condition. After explaining the possibility and importance of cadaver transplant to his family, the team led by Dr. K. Sampathkumar, Sr. Nephrologist and Dr. TR Murali, Sr. Urologist, initiated the organ transplant. While one kidney was transplanted to a patient at MMHRC, the other kidney, liver, heart and cornea were transplanted to save 7 lives. The transplant was approved by the Coordinator of Organ Sharing Network.
World First-Aid Day
An awareness programme was organized by MMHRC to mark the occasion of World First-Aid Day on 14.09.13. Dr. Narendra Nath Jena, Sr. Consultant & HOD of Accident & Emergency Dept. at MMHRC addressed the media about the importance of saving accident victims in the golden-hour'. Mr. S. Yellapparaj, Asst. Commissioner of Police, Madurai Traffic, was also present. Dr. Jena also demonstrated the working of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and its importance in reviving a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
Organ Transplant at MMHRC
Yuvaraj Praveeen, a 21-year old final year mechanical engineering student of St. Michael Engineering College, met with an accident near the Dindigul - Kodaikanal Highway. He sustained head injuries and was brought to MMHRC. He was attended and the Neurosurgeons diagnosed him an irreversible brain stem death. After proper counselling, his parents agreed to donate their son's organs. And so, Praveen's kidneys and corneas were harvested by a team of doctors led by Dr. Sampath Kumar, Nephrologist and Dr. TR Murali, Urologist. The kidneys were transplanted at MMHRC and another private hospital, while the corneas were donated to Aravind Eye Bank.
CME Programme on Non-Surgical Management of Long Term Pain
A one-day CME programme was organized by MMMHRC on 18.08.13 on Non-surgical Management of Long Term Pain in its Conference Hall. Dr. Goutam Das, Chairman, World Institute of Pain, Indian Chapter inaugurated the programme and Dr. RVS Surendiran, President (Elect), IMA - TN Branch delivered the Chief guest address. Dr. S. Lakshmi, HOD - Aneasthesiology, Dr. Ramesh Arthanari, Medical Director, Dr. TR Murali, Chairman - Academic amd Dr. J. Rajesh, Pain Physician were also present. More than 200 doctors from the southern districts of Tamil Nadu had participated in the event.
Complex Coronary Angioplasty by Retrograde Techniques performed at MMHRC
A 55-year old male patient, who suffered chest pain, had successfully undergone a four-hour 'retrograde angioplasty', which is widely followed in Japan. The patient's angiogram had earlier shown chronic total occulusions of the RT coronary artery. Conventionally, if an artery is occluded, it is usually opened from the front and a stent will be placed. However, in the Japanese method, the artery was opened from behind through a feeder vessel and the procedure was performed.