Amrita Hospital initiates India’s first windpipe transplant

The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences has successfully completed the first stage of a windpipe transplant on a cancer patient.

The complex surgery is done in two phases. In the first phase, the windpipe harvested from the donor is embedded in the recipient’s forearm after stripping it of all cells. After two months, the recipient’s damaged windpipe is transplanted with the one which has been reseeded with his own. If all goes well in the second phase, this would be the first such surgery in India and the second worldwide.


The procedure was done by plastic and reconstructive surgery department head Dr Subramania Iyer and team on a patient suffering from adenoid cystic carcinoma, a cancer affecting windpipe. The Kochi native woman of 45 was under treatment in the hospital. The windpipe was of Renjith, a 37 year old film director who was pronounced brain dead after internal bleeding. Renjith’s relatives also agreed to donate his liver, kidneys and corneas.

One of his kidneys and liver were transplanted on a patient under treatment in Amrita hospital.


Amrita transplant team won British Medical Journal award

2nd Nov 2015, Kochi

The Amrita Hospital hand transplant team won the prestigious British Medical Journal award 2015 for the category of best surgical team of South Asia. These awards have been instituted to honour the contributions of various teams in this region in different aspects of medical care delivery. The BMJ awards has been considered as the “Oscars” in health delivery management.


Dr Subramania Iyer received the award on behalf of the entire team.

The awards are given after rigorous evaluation done in three stages by a reputed national and international jury team. There were more than 1000 entries for the various awards this year.

The Amrita team won the award for the effort put in to successfully conduct the first and second double hand transplants in South Asia. The meticulous planning and the immense dedication of the entire team to achieve this demonstrating the capability of an Indian centre to match the international standards was appreciated.

It is the second time in consecutive years Amrita Institute is bagging these awards. The Amrita paediatric cardiology team won the award last year for their leadership activities in this field.



100 Crore commitment to sanitation in Kerala

27 Sep 2015, Amritapuri – Amritavarsham 62 celebrations

Amma added to her Rs. 100-crore donation to the Namami Gange campaign by making a pledge that MAM will dedicate a value of Rs. 100-crore in toilet construction and other sanitation efforts. A plaque commemorating the pledge was given by Amma to Sri. Ooomen Chandy, Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala during Amritavarsham celebrations.

Oommen Chandy, thanked Amma for her Rs. 100-crore commitment to building toilets and other sanitation projects in Kerala, saying, “Amma has removed the pain of thousands of people. She has contributed Rs. 100 crore to the poorest people—those who cannot even afford a toilet. She is one of the greatest people to ever serve Kerala society.”



Amrita Center of Excellence in Organ Transplantation dedicated to the Nation

8 Sep 2015, Kochi
Center of Excellence in Organ Transplantation at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences was dedicated to the Nation by Central Minister for Science and technology Dr Harsha Vardhan today at Kochi. The Amrita Centre of Excellence in Organ Transplantation, over the last 15 years has carried out about 900 cases of transplantations {news}.

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Amrita Institute Organ transplant doctors team with Actor Padmashree Mohan Lal and Central Minster Harshavardhan and Kerala Health Minister Sivakumar

Harsha Vardhan said that the meeting exemplified the contribution of everyone in the society to make organ donation drive a success. He wished that one day India would be as efficient as countries like Spain in providing deceased organ donation program. He complimented the hand transplant team of Amrita for bringing laurel to the country.

The entire hand transplant team led by Dr Subrahmania Iyer of Amrita was felicitated. The organ donor families of Binoy and Joseph, who were the first hand donors of the country was also felicitated.

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Malayalam cine actor Mohanlal, the ‪‎Goodwill‬ ‪‎Ambassador‬ for Organ Donation felicitated the families of donors of the first two twin hand transplants in the country for their exemplary action. He said that he was always a part of Amrita family and was very happy to be associated with the organ donation movement.


Health Minister of Kerala Sivakumar expressed his gratitude to Amrita for pioneering organ transplantations in the state. He hoped that the air ambulance will materialize very soon to facilitate transport of organs.

Swami Poornamritananda Puri in his benedictory address said that human body is a gift of God and should be utilized to serve others even after death.



Over 1000 Organ transplantations at Amrita hospital

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre has emerged as one of the largest centres in India, carrying out organ transplantations. The Centre of Excellence in Organ Transplantation, over the last 15 years has carried out about 1012 cases of transplantations, which includes heart, liver, lung, kidney, pancreas, bone marrow, and small intestine besides composite tissue like hands and face.


These transplants were a team effort, involving about 25 surgeons, 10 anaesthetists, and transplant and physicians social workers.

Amrita is the only hospital in South East Asia to carry out hand transplants.

Malayalam cine actor Padmasree Mohanlal to be the brand ambassador for Organ Donation. He will honour the families who have set example to the country by agreeing for the organ donation.

The organs can be donated by live donors for certain organs or procured from brain dead deceased donors. The services are backed by a team of specialist doctors, paramedics and support services.

On coming 8th Sep. Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will formally dedicate the Centre of Excellence in Organ Transplantation at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi to the Nation.


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.


“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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


I have no hands of my own, I move through your hands

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.


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.

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.”

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.

– Dass

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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.