Guwahati Medical College Performs First Successful Cadaver Kidney Transplant

Guwahati Medical College Performs First Successful Cadaver Kidney Transplant

Written by Watchdoq Newsportal. June 24, 2024

For many suffering from chronic kidney disease in Assam and the Northeast, hope has blossomed. Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has achieved a remarkable feat, completing the region's first successful cadaver kidney transplant. This life-saving procedure signifies a new chapter in healthcare for the Northeast, offering a chance at renewed health for countless individuals.

The success story began with an incredible act of compassion. The family of a brain-dead patient made the selfless decision to donate their loved one's kidneys. This selfless act, coupled with the expertise of GMCH's medical team, led to the successful transplantation of these organs into two other patients desperately awaiting this life-saving intervention.

"We are deeply grateful to the family of the brain-dead patient," said Assam Chief Minister and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. "This landmark achievement underscores the critical importance of organ donation. Fostering a culture of kidney donation from brain-dead patients has the potential to save countless lives."

Beyond this groundbreaking transplant, GMCH is making significant strides in other critical medical areas. Chief Minister Sarma announced plans to initiate liver transplant procedures in Guwahati soon, further expanding the range of life-saving services available in the region.

Adding to the positive news, GMCH doctors have successfully facilitated childbirth through in vitro fertilization (IVF). This program offers new hope for couples struggling with infertility.  "GMCH doctors have transplanted embryos in 36 women, resulting in eight pregnancies and one successful cesarean birth," Dr. Sarma revealed.  "This program makes the dream of parenthood more accessible for many families, with IVF costs at GMCH ranging from Rs 75,000 to Rs 1 lakh, making it a more affordable option."

The success stories extend even further.  GMCH has also performed a remarkable 28 bone marrow transplants, offering hope to patients battling blood cancers and other life-threatening conditions.

Furthermore, over 53,000 patients in Assam have benefitted from the Prime Minister's health schemes facilitated by GMCH. These initiatives ensure crucial medical care is accessible to a wider population.

The recent advancements at GMCH represent a significant leap forward in healthcare for the Northeast. With successful organ transplants, increased access to IVF, and ongoing commitment to patient care, GMCH is fostering a brighter future for countless individuals and families in the region. Source: VOH