New Delhi: When it comes to kidney donation,
the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences
largely depends on donations from living donors and not on
During the last 38 years when kidney transplant was
started at AIIMS, 1,569 surgeries have been done with living
donors while in only 72 cases kidneys were used from cadavers.
A total of 1,641 kidney transplants have taken place in
the institute till date.
Replying to an RTI query, Sanjay K Agarwal, head of the
department of nephrology, AIIMS said, "Till now a total of
1,641 kidney transplants have been done in AIIMS. Of these,
1,569 have been done with living donors and 72 have been done
with donation from the deceased."
An AIIMS nephrologist said the major problem in carrying
out transplant was critical shortage of available organs. If
organs are removed from a cadaver, there will be no wastage of
a vital body part after the death of a person, he said adding
post-transplant expenses would be less in case of cadavers
unlike in the case of living donors.