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India’s first womb transplant may encourage organ donation

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India’s first womb transplant may encourage organ donation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It was conducted at the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute in Pune on May 18

By Ramesh Menon

India’s first uterus transplant was conducted on May 18 at the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute in Pune. The landmark surgery might encourage many others to donate organs.

The 26-year-old patient from Vadodara was all smiles before the operation at 9am as it gave it a new hope of conceiving after getting her mother’s womb. The eight-hour surgery ahead did not rattle her. She had gone through a lot of trauma for the last eight years after marriage trying to have a baby. Now, there is a new hope—after losing two babies in previous pregnancies, four abortions and a scarred uterus.

She hopes the womb transplant will now help her bear a child. At last.

The complicated transplant operation was headed by Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, consultant oncosurgeon and Laparoscopic Oncosurgeon. He was assisted by Dr Sanjeev Jadhav, vascular surgeon, Dr Milind Telang, gynaecologist and Dr Pankaj Kulkarni, infertility specialist. Dr Bhushan Kinholkar will look after intensive care after the operation that is very crucial for success.

Dr Sailesh Puntambekar told APN that this landmark operation will give a new hope to many women who do not have a functional uterus and want to have a baby. “We are very confident as we have taken great care to select the donor and the recipient after conducting numerous tests. We are hoping for the best,” he said.

Another womb transplant is scheduled for tomorrow at the hospital for a 22-year-old patient born without a uterus. The third transplant is to be conducted in June. All the three women have different uterine complications and donors are their mothers.

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar who headed the operation

Dr Shailesh Puntambekar who headed the operation

They will all be closely monitored by the doctors for 24 weeks. Then, fertilized embryos will be transferred into the uterus using the IVF procedure if they are in good health.

Doctors say that these transplants will hopefully help them get pregnant. The operations of all the three are being done free of cost by the hospital.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1495092539925{background-color: #d3d3d3 !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1495092413106{background-color: e0e0e0 !important;}”]Law to regulate transplants

The Transplantation of Human Organs Act passed in 1994 is India’s primary legislation related to organ donation and transplantation. The idea behind it was to regulate the removal, storage and transplantation of human organs for therapeutic purposes and prevent commercial dealings in human organs that had taken scandalous proportions in India. Poor people were selling off their organs to meet debts or to eke out a living. It allowed transplantation of human organs and tissues from living donors and cadavers after cardiac or brain death. It also wanted to ensure that the donors were not exploited as there were too many cases of commercial dealings in transplantation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nearly a dozen gynecologists, endocrinologists and IVF specialists at the hospital were planning the live donor uterine transplant for a year. They first practiced on cadavers in Germany and the United States and got briefed by doctors who had done before helping them to perfect the technique.

The hospital then got its infrastructure in place before a government team inspected it before granting permission from the Directorate of Health Services in Maharashtra to conduct the transplant. They now have a licence to conduct womb transplants till 2022.

About 25 such transplants have taken place in the world. As there is a large possibility of rejection, both patients and doctors are on their tenterhooks. But there is always hope that it will work as it has in some cases. Out of 11 womb transplants in Sweden, seven ended in successful pregnancies.

Organ donation has not picked up in India. A lot of superstitious beliefs and fears stop people from donating their organs. Many believe that if they donate their eyes after death, they would be reborn blind. Counselors who try to persuade families to donate the eyes of their loved ones after they have passed away have a tough time convincing them to do so. Most of them just get shooed away, says one of them.

Even cadaver donation has not picked up. Media attention on such donations and operations can in some way create an environment for organ donation to pick up.

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PM Modi on Kharge’s Ravan remark, says Congress is competing who can abuse him more

Addressing an election campaign in the Kalol town of Panchmahal district, Modi said the only way to teach Congress a lesson is by voting for Lotus in the second phase of elections in Gujarat.

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PM Modi on Kharge’s Ravan remark, says Congress is competing who can abuse him more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit back at Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s Ravan comment and said there’s a competition going on among Congress leaders as to who can use the most abusive words for him and deliver the stinging attack.

Addressing an election campaign in the Kalol town of Panchmahal district, Modi said the only way to teach Congress a lesson is by voting for Lotus in the second phase of elections in Gujarat.

He further said that Congress doesn’t believe in democracy and can go to any extent to please the people. Modi said Congress believes in one family and not democracy. They can do anything to please that one family and that family is everything to them, not democracy.

Those who never believed in the existence of Lord Ram have now brought in (demon king) Ravan from Ramayana, he said. Further quoting him he said he is surprised they never expressed repentance, and forget about tendering an apology, after using such cuss words for him.

Addressing a large gathering, he further stated a few days back, a Congress leader said Modi will die a dog’s death, and another said Modi will die Hitler’s death. Another said if he gets a chance, he’ll kill Modi himself.

Someone says Ravan, someone says rakshas (demon), someone says cockroach, he said, he is not surprised that Congress calls Modi names, but he is surprised that despite using such words, the Congress never has remorse. Congress thinks it is their right to insult Modi, the Prime Minister of this country, he added.

PM Modi’s remark came just days after Kharge referred to Modi as Ravan while speaking at a rally in Ahmedabad. Kharge questioned whether PM Modi has 100 heads because he is the face of all elections, whether civic or assembly. Modi Ji is the Prime Minister, and all the time he’s talking about himself. How many times do we see your face? How many forms do you have? Do you have 100 heads like Ravan? he stated.

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Madhya Pradesh: Girls standing at liquor shops cannot be Indore’s daughter, says Katha Vachak Pradeep Mishra

He said, “Yaha Chhoro se Zyada Chhoriya Dikhi (more girls queue up at liquor shop than boys).”

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Madhya Pradesh: Girls standing at liquor shops cannot be Indore's daughter, says Katha Vachak Pradeep Mishra

Religious storyteller Pandit Pradeep Mishra’s has made remarks regarding the girls standing at the liquor shops in Indore. During his narration, he also made statements on girls’ dress.

The video of the incident has gone viral on social media and has sparked a debate.

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Notably, Pandit Pradeep Mishra had come to Dalal Bagh to perform Shiv Puran. Pandit Pradeep Mishra said to the devotees here that when he had left for some work in Indore, he saw a liquor shop near the Shaadi Chauraha from Vijay Nagar. He said, “Yaha Chhoro se Zyada Chhoriya dikhi (more girls queue up at liquor shop than boys).”

Pt Pradeep Mishra further said that these girls who were seen standing at the liquor shop, cannot be the daughters of Indore.

He added that the atmoshphere of Indore, the air here is not so impure. These girls come from another place and take admission in the Indore colleges. Their parents send them after on their trust. By renting rooms, these girls are spoiling the atmosphere of Indore, he is seen saying in the video.

This is the land of Maa Ahilya even today and will remain so. No one can deny it. Even today Mother Ahilya walks with Shivling in her hands, Pt Mishra adds.

The girls of Indore cannot push their limits so much so that they buy liquor by queuing up at the liquor shops. These cannot be the daughters of Indore. The daughters here still wear modest clothes, but girls from outside come here and tease them. They dresses in a way that provokes the girls of the city as well.

Pandit Mishra came to visit Congress MLA

In Indore, Congress MLA Sanjay Shukla had organised Pandit Pradeep Mishra’s Shiv Puran session at Dalal Bagh, which concluded on Wednesday. This video of Pandit Pradeep Mishra has gone viral on social media. While talking to the media, Pandit Pradeep Mishra had talked about reducing crime through rituals.

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Madhya Pradesh: MBA student gatecrashes wedding, ends up washing dishes | WATCH

Reports said the youth hails from Jabalpur and is pursuing an MBA from a private university in Bhopal.

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Gatecrashing weddings is one of the longest-standing traditions in India. People often joke about ending up washing dishes and utensils if caught. But for an MBA student in Madhya Pradesh, the joke turned real after he was caught eating at a wedding to which he was not invited.

A video of the incident is doing rounds on the internet and has left the users amused. In the viral video, the student could be seen washing dishes while the organisers interrogate him. The person behind the camera could be heard saying this is what you have to repay if you gatecrash a wedding and have a plate of food.

At the end of the video, the person asked how he felt after washing the dishes to which he replied he had had free food and this was his repay.

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Reports said the youth hails from Jabalpur and is pursuing an MBA from a private university in Bhopal. He attended the uninvited wedding and was caught red-handed.

Soon after the video went viral, internet users reacted to it. While some slammed the organisers for forcing the student to wash dishes, others laughed it off. One user called it disgusting as such humiliation was not required for just one plate of food. Another user called it insanity at its peak.

Yet another user related the incident with Rajkumar Hirani’s film 3 Idiots starring Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi.

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In another incident of gatecrashing a wedding that took place in May this year, a former boyfriend of the bride entered the wedding in Patna’s Bihar and applied vermillion on her forehead.

The jilted lover also snatched the varnmala from the groom’s hand and put it around the bride’s neck forcefully. Later, the wedding was called off.

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