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Amrita hospital brings open fetal surgery to India, fourth country in the world

26 Aug 2015, Kochi

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre has unveiled a Centre of Excellence in Fetal Care for open fetal surgery – the first in Asia for treating complex and rare fetal conditions. With this, India becomes the fourth country in world after USA, France and Spain to offer open surgery on fetus.

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“Open Fetal Surgery entails taking a baby with birth defects out of mother’s womb, performing corrective surgery and placing the fetus back inside the womb. The pregnancy is then allowed to continue. Later a caesarean section is done and the baby is delivered,” said Professor Mohan Abraham, Head of Pediatric and Fetal Surgery at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre. “This prevents complications to the baby from birth defect, even before delivery, thereby helping to obtain a normal baby.”

The Centre has already done EXIT procedure for a baby with a swelling in the neck. The baby’s head was delivered from the womb, fluid from the swelling removed and a tube was put into the windpipe to enable breathing.

Amrita Centre of Excellence in Fetal Care has a dedicated fetal care team including experts from Fetal Medicine, Perinatology, Obstetrics, Paediatric surgery, Paediatric Genetics, Paediatric and Fetal Cardiology, Paediatric Neurology & Neuro Surgery, Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Human cyto-genetics, Biochemistry and Fetal pathology. The Centre offers every aspect of fetal care from conception to delivery and complete postnatal care.

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International Yoga Day celebrated across Ashram Centers

On International YogaDay, Amma shared her insights on the benefits of yoga {news}, while one of her disciples guided all attendees of her program in Santa Fe in simple yoga exercises.

Special celebrations were held in honor of the first ‪International YogaDay At Amma’s Schools, Ashrams, Centers and ‪Satsang‬ groups all over the world. Special Yoga sessions were also held in the public places to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of yoga.

Amma‬has long demonstrated her commitment to preserving the tradition of ‪yoga‬ and making it accessible to all, with yoga having been taught for many years at her primary, secondary, and university-level educational institutions, (totalling more than 100,000 students nationwide) as well as through our annual Gitamritam Bhagavad Gita camp and through regular Amrita Yoga classes at Amritapuri and elsewhere.

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2nd hand transplant in India, at Amrita Institute, for an Afghanisthan BSF Captian

The second successful double hands transplant in India was carried out in Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi on 10th April 2015. The recipient of this bilateral hand transplant is Abdul Rahim a 30 year old Captain in Afghanistan border security force. He lost both his hand while attempting to diffuse mines as a part of his duty three years back.

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Abdul Rahim had been waiting for last four months in Kochi in anticipation of a suitable donor. The donor was a 54 year old man, TT Joseph from Eloor Kochi, who succumbed to brain death in a road traffic accident. His eyes and liver was also donated by the family. He is survived by his wife Fransisca and 18 year old daughter Aleesha.

The transplant was carried out in a marathon 15 hour operation by a team of 20 surgeons and 8 anesthetics, led by Dr Subramania Iyer and other leading surgeons in the team including Dr Mohit Sharma, Dr Sundeep Vijayaraghavan, Dr Kishore and Dr Jimmy Mathew.

“Each hand required connecting two bones, two arteries, four veins and about 14 tendons. The immune suppressant drugs were started before the start of the surgery and continued after it,” said Dr Subramania Iyer.

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After the surgery, Abdul Rahim has progressed well and is fit to discharge hospital in a few days. He has regained a considerable amount of function in both his hands and using them for day to day activities. Abdul Rahim will need intensive physiotherapy for another 9 to 10 months.

The first hand transplant at Amrita Hospital was was 3 months ago for 30 year old Manu who lost both his hands in a train accident.

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India’s first double hand transplant was carried out successfully at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, on 12-13 January 2015.

30-year old Manu lost both his hands in a tragic accident three years ago when he was pushed out of a running train after confronting a group of thugs who were harassing a women passenger.

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Hailing Manu as a hero, the pioneering surgery was paid for by Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

The donor was Binoy, a brain-dead 24-year-old bike accident victim. BInoy was an artist and had cared for his paralytic father, giving him daily baths and massages. Binoy’s family decided to donate their son’s hands to give Manu another chance at leading a full and active life and to render a measure of meaning to their own heartbreaking tragedy.

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As of now, both of Manu’s new hands have been accepted by his body and he has started to regain movement in his fingers. He was able to drink water with the new hand and even able to write a thank you note to the family of Binoy. “I am very happy!” exclaimed a delighted Manu. “After I lost my hands, I was very scared, but now I am happy that my hands have been operated on and restored.”

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Asked about the details of the operation, Dr. Mohit Sharma, Senior Plastic Surgeon noted that, “more than 20 surgeons participated in the procedure of 16 hours. Each hand required connecting two bones, two arteries, 4 veins and about 14 tendons.”

Dr. Subramania Iyer, Head of Plastic Surgery at AIMS, said Manu would need rigorous physiotherapy sessions. “Manu is on immunosuppressant medicines. He is making steady improvement and will be able to get over 90 percent efficiency within one year.”

Health experts across the world are closely monitoring this historic operation and Dr. Iyer noted that the operation was carefully documented.

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India’s first centre for interdisciplinary study of medicine to come up in Kochi under Amrita University

January 07, 2015
The first centre for integrated study, research and patient care in Allopathy, Ayurveda and Yoga will come up in Kochi, Kerala under the Amrita University. The Amrita Institute of Integrated Medicine and Research Centre is planned as a centre to integrate the holistic vision and therapeutic range of Indian systems of healthcare with the analytical, diagnostic and prognostic proficiency of modern medical sciences.

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Amrita School of Ayurveda and Hospital, Amrita School of Biotechnology both in Kollam, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine and Amrita School of Pharmacy – all under the Amrita University will be part of the integrated Centre, which will come up in Kochi.

“There is considerable room for studying interdisciplinary avenues between the modern and Ayurvedic treatment strategies, which will help the common man in India to seek a better and more holistic approach to health,” explained Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi. “The purpose is to bring Ayurveda and Yoga into the mainstream healthcare in India.”

The Centre will bring out replicable guidelines for introducing and practicing integrated healthcare at various levels besides facilities for study and research. It will utilise non-pharmacological and non-technological healing spectrum, including psycho-physiological interventions, behavioural therapeutic measures and spiritual inputs to improve well-being; record and present the experimental knowledge in scientific forums to create awareness and network with physicians from Modern Medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga and other systems of Indian medicines, who are in alignment with the concept.

The research areas will mainly focus on validation and development of formulations for diseases/clinical conditions known to have effective treatments in Indian systems of medicine, medicinal plant research, drug standardisation research, pharmacology research – pre-clinical safety, toxicity and biological activity studies, literary research and documentation, nanotechnology and Ayurveda research, tribal healthcare research, healthcare services, information, education and communication, and clinical research.

The Centre will also have facilities for pharmacognosy of raw drugs, phytochemical studies of drugs, physic-chemical constants of single drugs and formulations. It will also endeavour to revive and retrieve texts from ancient manuscripts/rare books, collection and compilation of references relating to drugs and diseases from classical treatises, lexicographic work, contemporary literature and publications related to Ayurveda and other medical systems.

It also seeks to develop appropriate training modules and guidelines and research on integrative oncology.

The Centre envisages introducing modules or short courses on principles of Ayurveda into MBBS, MSc Biotech, MTech (Nanomedical Science), MTech (Molecular Medicine), offering PhD programme in Ayurveda and interdisciplinary PhD programmes; international training and teaching programme in Ayurveda, etc.

The Centre has a component to make available ayurvedic medicines at low cost. It will also contribute to enhancing the Ayurvedic Biodiversity of India through farming of rare species, organic farming to improve the quality of ayurvedic plants, encourage farmers to cultivate ayurvedic plants; training villagers to manufacture Ayurvedic formulations through low-cost pharmaceutical engineering in a small-scale set up.

Diabetes and Eye at Amrita

In view of World Diabetes Day, the Departments of Endocrinology and Ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital in association with IMA KOCHI and Cochin Ophthalmic Club held a cycle rally to improve awareness among the public concerning Diabetes and its complications. It was part of a month long program with the theme “Diabetes and Eye” organized by Amrita Hospital.

About 300 people, including students, athletes, doctors, and the general public, took part in the rally. Decorated with blue balloons – the colour of Diabetic day theme – the 300 cycled and marched ahead chanting slogans against the disease.

Dr. Gopal Pillai, the head of ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital, cycled from IMA house to the Kaloor International Stadium to initiate the fight against diabetes. He spoke on the importance of lifestyle, regular check ups, and exercise, and highlighted the need for controlling ones blood sugar and stress.

Seventy MBBS students of Amrita Medical College also participated in novel flash mob at a mall comprising of slogans against diabetes.

A screening program was organized free of cost at the mall following the activities. Many people who came were unaware of ways to control their blood sugar and blood pressure, which the doctors said was an alarming trend.

“Diabetes and Eye” celebrated at Amrita Hospital

To celebrate World Diabetes Day, the Departments of Endocrinology and Ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital in association with IMA KOCHI and the Cochin Ophthalmic Club, organized a cycle rally to help boost public awareness about diabetes and its complications. It was part of a month long program organized by Amrita Hospital called, “Diabetes and Eye” encompassing various activities to help generate awareness amongst the public about the impact of the disease.

About 300 people including students, athletes, doctors and other members of the general public took part in the rally. With blue balloons, the colour of the diabetic day theme, the 300 participants cycled and marched while chanting slogans against diabetes.

Dr Gopal Pillai, the head of ophthalmology at Amrita Hospital cycled out from IMA house to the Kaloor international stadium to initiate the fight against diabetes. He spoke on the importance of lifestyle, regular check ups and exercise in the prevention of diabetes. Dr Gopal Pillai stressed the need for regular checkups and tight control of blood sugar.
In order to stress upon the importance of the disease, a screening program was organized free of cost at Lulu Mall following the awareness activities. A lot of people who came did not have any control of blood sugar or blood pressure, which the doctors said was an alarming trend.

Seventy MBBS students of Amrita medical college organized a flash mob comprising of slogans against diabetes at the Mall to create awareness among general public about diabetes and diabetic related blindness.

Hundreds in Kashmir throng Amrita Hospital’s medical relief camp

12 Oct 2014, Bandipore, Jammu Kashmir

Hundreds of Kashmir’s flood-victims thronged the medical relief camp set up by Amrita Hospital in Bandipore district of Jammu and Kashmir. A team of 15 medical specialists and paramedics are providing critical medical care to flood victims in the worst-affected areas of the district including Ashtingoo Ghat, Kulhama, Laharwalpora and Sumbal-Sonawari. Over 2,300 people of these areas have been examined and dispensed with medicines.

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A mobile hospital and tele medicine unit is equipped with intensive care unit, ventilator, ECG, Colour Echo cardiogram, X-Ray Radiography, Light Microscopy with the team are providing advanced pathological support.

About 52 villages in Bandipore district was completely submerged in last months massive floods and hundreds of houses, several health facilities, schools and police stations were submerged in the floods, besides damaging standing crops in hundreds of hectares. According to the Divisional Commissioner Dr. Shah Faesal, 60,000 people were displaced in the floods, while dozens of families are still living in tents on roads and safer areas. Over 2,000 houses were completely damaged in the district.

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The medical camp, which began on 8th will continue till 13th October in Bandipore district, while during the second phase, it will shift to Magam in Badgam district of Kashmir.

 

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Home Minister flagged off Amrita Tele Medicine van to Jammu Kashmir

06 Oct 2014, New Delhi
Victims of the recent Kashmir floods will receive state-of-the-art medical aid from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), as two mobile units equipped with health and relief facilities were flagged off from the capital by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

 

Hailing ‘Amma’  as humanitarian icon for her charity activities, the minister said the government has made efforts to support the Math’s Rs 25-crore mission in the Valley to ensure a coordinated operation.

“Amma is an ocean of compassion striving for the betterment of humanity,” he said, before flagging off a mobile medical facility and a mobile tele-medicine unit from India Gate. Amidst the cheering of volunteers and supporters chanting aloud ‘Mata Amritanandamayi Ki Jai’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, the two vehicles moved out to Srinagar..

Earlier, the minister took a round of both the units and interacted with the contingent that includes 14 doctors and paramedical staff, who will reach Srinagar on Wednesday and work mostly in Bandipora district that was battered by the Jhelum floods this monsoon season.

MAM had last month distributed school kits for children in Udhampur district of the Valley, where the Math would also be constructing houses for people affected by the September floods triggered by torrential rains.

Low-cost EEG system for epilepsy and brain-computer Interface

27 Sep 2014, Amritapuri
Amritavarsham – Amma’s 61st Birthday Celebrations

Amrita Centre for Nanosciences introduced Amrita Veechi, a low-cost wireless EEG system for detecting epilepsy and concussions. This device can be used via a brain-computer interface and will be very helpful in cognitive studies.

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PC George, Chief Whip, Kerala, unveiled Amrita Veechi during Amritavarsham 61, Amma’s birthday celebrations.