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24-year-old Monika Extra, who’s a resident of Kurla, Mumbai, will get discharged right this moment after spending over Four weeks at World Hospital, Mumbai. The affected person, who underwent a 16-hour double hand transplant process efficiently on August 28, has recovered very effectively and is worked up to get a brand new lease of life and can try and grow to be impartial after a niche of just about 6 years.
Monika Extra, who was an adolescent then, misplaced her each fingers in 2014 after falling right into a lethal platform hole at Ghatkopar Station. She tried to make use of prosthetic limbs for a couple of months however quickly realized that they’re virtually ineffective and extra of a burden.
Two years again, she was registered for Bilateral Hand Transplantation at World Hospital, Mumbai. On a number of events, there have been potential organ donors who may have donated fingers for Monika. However she missed the alternatives, because the donor households didn’t agree for hand donation. Lastly, an acceptable donor was recognized in Chennai. A younger man was brain-dead and his household generously agreed for hand donation. The donor’s fingers had been flown in from Chennai to Mumbai by a chartered flight, and bilateral hand transplant surgical procedure was efficiently carried out on August 28. Now, Monika is getting discharged right this moment and needs to stay life the best way she has all the time imagined.
Nilesh G Satbhai, Marketing consultant Plastic, Aesthetic, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgeon, World Hospitals, Mumbai, stated, “After performing the advanced process efficiently, Monika was placed on immunosuppressant medicine. She was stored within the transplant ICU in a separate room, with a devoted nurse as strict care and isolation was wanted. Common dressings had been performed for each the fingers. The affected person was capable of sit up and stroll with assist for her arms on the third day itself. She was given physiotherapy twice a day together with respiration and shoulder workouts. She initially had a plaster slab above the elbow until the hand to assist the bones, and can want splints for greater than a month.”
Satbhai added, “Within the subsequent couple of weeks, she will probably be requested to maneuver her elbow as effectively. Her hand and fingers are anticipated to begin transferring after 3-Four months because the nerve therapeutic and restoration occurs. The muscle tissues, tendons, and bones would additionally heal by then. The affected person will need assistance together with her day-to-day-activities till then. However, as soon as the fingers begin functioning, and train and physiotherapy progress, she will probably be extra impartial. Her purposeful restoration will proceed over the subsequent 12 months and a half. After spending Four weeks within the hospital (2 weeks within the TICU, 2 weeks within the HDU), Monika is now on oral drugs solely, and the immunosuppression doses have began tapering now. The affected person has recovered easily and responded very effectively to the therapy. She should adhere to the follow-up directions and proceed exercising whereas at residence.”
The actions of the affected person’s mom and brother had been restricted on the hospital. “The affected person’s household was in contact together with her by way of cellphone and video calls to reduce the possibilities of an infection. Because the affected person will probably be extra vulnerable to infections; she should keep remoted whereas at residence for a number of months. No guests will probably be allowed at residence. The affected person has been instructed to keep away from all social occasions and gatherings, prohibit stepping out of the home unnecessarily, and comply with the COVID protocols and tips.”
Elated affected person Monika Extra acknowledged, “I grew to become emotional after the transplant as I strongly believed that I’ll get new fingers and might fulfill my dream. Earlier, I’d keep away from attending capabilities or weddings as I couldn’t apply mehndi on my fingers. However, after my fingers get purposeful, I’ll apply mehndi, paint, and do actions similar to consuming, bathing, combing hair, and cooking by myself. I all the time wished to grow to be impartial and I’m glad that I will achieve this. I thank my late father, mom and brother, the household of the donor, who donated fingers and different organs and the docs from World Hospital who gave me a contemporary lease of life.”
“Within the time of the pandemic, a household in Chennai grew to become a beacon of hope for the younger lady by deciding to donate fingers as this can be a very uncommon donation. We’re glad that after a profitable west India’s First Bilateral Hand Transplant, Monika would be capable of lead a traditional life publish her restoration. The profitable completion of the surgical procedure and discharge of the affected person is critical as this was by no means tried earlier than by any personal hospital in India. Well timed assist by the authorities ensured protected and speedy transport of the organ from Chennai as holding the transit time minimal was essential. I hope that this profitable surgical procedure would convey hope to many different sufferers ready for organs and create a drive in direction of organ donation particularly of fingers.,” concluded Vivek Talaulikar, Chief Government Officer, World Hospital, Mumbai.
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