Apollo Hospitals harvest 23 different organs from five brain dead donors in a day; perhaps a first ever
In a unique coincidence and perhaps for the first time ever, five grieving families agreed to donate the organs of their beloved brain dead relatives resulting in a remarkable act of humanity in the toughest situation setting a record for the maximum no. of organs harvested in a day
Dubai, UAE, May 06, 2015: Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s foremost healthcare service provider, harvested 23 different organs from these five donors and conducted ten transplants in a day at their flagship Hospital on Greams Road, Chennai, India on Monday the 4th of May 2015. A case of extreme gesture of kindness displayed by five strong families who came forward to donate the organs of their loved ones, incidentally on the same evening, enabled this feat to give a fresh lease of life to 23 people.
A function organised at the Hospital to express gratitude towards the five bereaving families was attended by the Founder & Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Dr Reddy, Vice chairperson, Ms Preetha Reddy and the entire clinical team who helped realise this meticulously conducted feat.
Addressing the gathering Dr Reddy said “Today, these well-meaning families have helped give people in end-stage organ failure, a second chance to live – and in the act will inspire more people to donate organs. It takes an extreme sense of human kindness and an elevated sense of social responsibility from families to help hospitals and doctors to give a fresh lease of life to those in need. Human life is priceless, and when an individual’s life can give life and hope to so many others in need, it is truly priceless!”
A multidisciplinary team of 100 doctors utilised 7 state of the art operating theatres simultaneously to harvest 23 organs and do 10 transplants at the same time. Doctors and support staff have worked round the clock to help realise this remarkable feat, adding yet another feather to the Apollo Group’s success in running the busiest and most successful transplant centre in the world.
To sum up, if only the kindness exhibited by these 5 families, in donating the organs of their beloved ones, were to be a torch-bearer for others to follow, it will mean that a lot more patients who are in end-stage organ failure and who are in dire need of organs would benefit with a fresh lease of life.
Apollo Hospitals runs the world's busiest and most successful solid organ transplant program in the world with outcomes that are as good and better than the best in the world.
Apollo Hospitals is a major referral centre for minimally invasive surgeries and receives a large number of patients from all over the world looking for affordable, superior quality medical care along with less waiting time and minimum hospital stay. Over 2,00,000 foreign patients from over 120 countries have been successfully treated for various illnesses Apollo’s state of the art facilities.
Apollo Hospitals was recently awarded the ‘Golden Peacock’ Award by the Institute of Directors, in partnership with the Department of Industry Policy & Promotion, Government of India. This is the highest award for Business Excellence in Healthcare, and considered as a benchmark in Corporate Excellence awards. Apollo Hospitals Group received the award at a glittering function held at the 25th World Congress on ‘Leadership for Business Excellence and Innovation’ recently held in Dubai.
In an attempt to make medical value travel to India a less tedious process, last year, Apollo Hospitals teamed up with Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines to connect international patients with quality healthcare services in India. As part of the joint venture, the patients and their attendants from 19 countries across Middle East and Africa can visit the hospital’s flagship locations in Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmadabad and Bangalore to avail specially formulated fares for round-trip flights on Emirates.
About Apollo Hospitals
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.
Now, as Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare services group, its presence includes Hospitals, Pharmacies, Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics and Telemedicine units across 10 countries, Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy, colleges of Nursing and Hospital Management and a Research Foundation with focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research, and the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa and Australia.
In a rare honor, 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 32 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Today, Apollo hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.