Since 1971, the departments of Urology and Nephrology of the CMC have performed 3,755 transplants and 188 deceased donor transplants.
It is 50 years since a workforce of docs of the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, performed the country’s first profitable kidney transplant on February 2, 1971. Since then, the departments of Urology and Nephrology of the CMC have performed 3,755 transplants and 188 deceased donor transplants.
Mohan Rao, who was a surgeon at the CMC, recalled the incidents that led to the first transplant. In 1965 and 1966, there have been three unsuccessful kidney transplantation makes an attempt — two in Mumbai and one in Varanasi. Meanwhile, the CMC was planning to start its transplant programme, in accordance with a press launch.
The then principal Jacob Chandy deputed Dr. Rao and nephrologist Okay.V. Johny to Adelaide the place the first profitable transplant in Australia had taken place in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. On returning to Vellore in 1970, they began to plan the first kidney transplant at the CMC. The then director, Dr. Webb, cautioned Dr. Rao about the delicate nature and significance of the first try. If this was unsuccessful, then there could also be no extra transplants in the CMC since sufferers could refuse to come back. The workforce was requested to go forward with the transplant with no matter was out there. Without two working theatres — one for the donor and the different for the recipient — Dr. Rao began the operation round 7 p.m. and completed near midnight.
The affected person had acquired a kidney from his father. “I stayed with the affected person until morning as I had no skilled transplant nurses — a follow I continued until the workforce gained confidence. The transplanted kidney began producing urine on the desk and continued. There have been no issues and the affected person was discharged after two weeks,” Dr. Rao recalled, in accordance with the launch. They did one other transplant three weeks later with good outcomes. That was the begin of kidney transplantation in India, he added.
In 1992, the deceased donor transplant programme started at the CMC adopted by laparoscopic donor nephrectomies in 1999, the launch stated. The division of Nephrology has completed ABO incompatible transplants and swap transplants.