On Saturday, 25th January’14, there were 6 transplants were performed simultaneously on Saturday in three hospitals in Mumbai. A father donated his kidney to his son, three wives did the same for their husbands and two wives also got a lease of life from their husbands. This medical practice is now regarded as the largest and 2nd domino kidney transplant in India. In the last domino transplants on 25th June’13, there were 5 donors and 5 recipients in Mumbai.
The recent transplant was carried on Saturday 25th January’14 at Hiranandani and Hinduja hospitals of Mumbai. This practice involved 12 urologists, 6 vascular surgeons, 24 assistant surgeons, 5 nephrologists, 6 assistant nephrologists, 12 anaesthetists, 24 nursing staff, and 12 operation theatres.
For a kidney transplant, the major requirement is to see that the blood and the tissue of the recipient and donor must match. If the match is not found, domino procedure is followed thereafter. In this procedure, the donor of one pair donates a kidney to the recipient of another pair and these are not related to each other. The chain is carried until the first recipient gets donor. There are various legal obligations involved in the donation of organ in cases where the donor and recipient are unrelated to each other.
Donors and recipients need are to be registered with the ASTRA (Apex Swap Transplant Registry). Here, issues of mismatch in blood groups and tissues are addressed, among those who need transplants.
Apex Swap Transplant Registry identified the requirement of lining up for domino transplants for kidneys. This is one of the best and effective ways for recipients as they do not have to wait longer for the donor. ASTRA has played a crucial role in saving more and more lives.