In a rare get-together function, around 500 organ donors, recipients and dialysis patients arrived at Lisie Hospital here on Saturday. Lisie Hospital chairman Bishop Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath inaugurated the function. The get-together was aimed at creating awareness about organ donation.
The hospital also received two dialysis units on the occasion. Fr Xavier Kidangan offered a dialysis unit worth Rs 7 lakh, in memory of his brother Paul Kidangan. The other unit was donated by the Fr Ignatius Centenary Charitable Trust.
The hospital authorities also received a nephro ambulance donated by Federal Bank at the function.
Dr Babu Francis and Dr Damodaran Nambiar led the seminar.
Fr Thomas Assin Thaiparambil, assistant director, Lisie Hospital, said the hospital has so far conducted 243 kidney transplantations. “At present, we are doing at least one transplantation a week,” he said. Organ donors Fr Jacob Kozhuvallil and Lijy Tony, and recipients P K Manoj and Assy Thomas shared their experiences at the function.
Cardinal Mar George Alenchery delivered the keynote address. P Rajeeve MP was the chief guest. Fr Thomas Vaikathuparambil, director, Lisie Hospital, P C Iype, Additional Advocate General and Raju Hormis, CSR, Federal Bank, also attended the function.