Bengal attains new milestone by successfully conducting Eastern India’s first lung transplant


Kolkata : Medica Superspecialty Hospital, the largest chain of private hospital chain in Eastern India has set a new benchmark in organ transplant by successfully conducting Eastern India’s first Lung transplant. The double lung transplant in Medica Superspecialty Hospital has taken place recently and has been carried out on Mr. Dipak Halder aged 46 years who was suffering from COVID – 19 and was on ECMO support. The lung was brought to Medica Superspecialty Hospital from Surat, Gujarat by air ambulance. The transplant was conducted under the auspices of Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Critical Care team of Medica comprising of Dr Kunal Sarkar, Dr Saptarshi Roy, Dr Arpan Chakraborty, Dr Dipanjan Chatterjee, Dr Mrinal Bandhu Das, Dr Tripti Talapatra, Dr Ashutosh Samal, Dr Soumyajit Ghosh, Dr Shravan Kumar, Dr Writuparna Das, Dr Saibal Si, Dr Hirak Suvra Majumder, Mr. Deblal Pandit, Mr. Saibal Tripathy & Mr. Soumalya Mitra.

Mr. Dipak Halder, the recipient of the lung is a resident of Kolkata and IT professional was affected with severe Covid pneumonia and was transferred to Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata on 9th June 2021. VV-ECMO was initiated but his lung condition did not improve even after more than 90 days on ECMO support. He was enlisted for Lung transplant in consultation with his relatives.

Mr. Halder was registered on National Organ and Tissue Transplant organization (NOTTO) and Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO). The lungs were collected through National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) from United Green Hospital, Surat, Gujarat, who had done all counselling for Multi-organ Donation. Late Manish Shah, the organ donor was 52 years, suffered from Acute Myocardial Infarction and declared as brain death on 20th September. Donate life NGO from Surat, extended their support during this process.

Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Senior Vice Chairman, Senior Cardiac Surgeon & Head (Medica Institute of Cardiac Sciences) commented, “Lung transplant in Covid patient is very high risk and challenging procedure. Post Covid lung transplant is one of the most stringent surgical challenges. Our team was equal to the task. We have covered some distance, but still have quite some way to go.”

Commenting on the new achievement, Dr Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals and Chair FICCI Health Services Committee said, “We express our gratitude to United Green Hospital Surat, Donate Life, NGO, Surat, Indigo, CISF, Kolkata Police, Bidhannagar Police, Surat Airport, CISF, Surat Police, NOTTO and ROTTO and to all the support staffs of Medica Hospital. We extend our sincere thanks to the Government of West Bengal for giving the Transplant program so much thrust and making the citizens aware about organ donation.”

-Odisha Age