Intestine transplantation: A donor required for rape victim
A hospital in the national capital is ready to take care of the 23-year-old woman and perform transplantation of intestine. She underwent surgery to remove the gangrenous intestine and there was a risk of infection.
The intestinal transplant is the only course of treatment that would offer the victim the chance of a functional intestine and an intestinal graft could be obtained either from a brain-dead donor or from a living related donor.
In a normal individual, the length of the small intestine is approximately 600 cm, of which 200 cm of the intestine can be removed for transplantation without any adverse effect on the living donor.
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has offered to perform the transplantation. It will also bear the cost of all subsequent treatment and this was communicated to BD Nathani, medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, by DS Rana, chairman of the hospital.
"Transplant can be life-saving in patients with intestinal failure and failure of parenteral nutrition. However, getting an organ from a deceased donor is hard in India. The living donor option also has a few advantages. Both these options could be available for the victim once her condition stabilises," said Naimish Mehta, transplant surgeon at Ganga Ram Hospital.
Doctors treating the woman at the Safdarjung Hospital said on Thursday their focus was on providing her the best treatment as her life was at grave risk.