Telangana sees spurt in lung transplants
In 2020, Telangana performed 20 lung transplants compared to nine transplants in 2019. These lung transplants were performed for a select group of patients whose lungs were severely damaged due to COVID-19. Dr. G. Swarnalatha, In-charge, Jeevandan Cadaver Transplantation Programme, Government of Telangana said that hospitals had strengthened their donor optimisation protocols and were better able to retrieve organs including lungs. Dr. Sandeep Attawar, Chair and Director of Thoracic Organ Transplants and Assist Devices, KIMS Heart & Lung Transplant Institute, Hyderabad concurred. Dr. Attawar and his team performed nearly 10lung transplants in 2020. There were 75 deceased organ donors with the retrieval of 257 organs in 2020 in the state. In January and February 2021, there was a total of 25 deceased donors with 81 organs being retrieved (www.jeevandan.gov.in).
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- Keywords: Government of Telangana, lung transplants, Jeevandan Cadaver Transplantation Programme, Dr. Sandeep Attawar, donor optimisation protocols, deceased organ Donors