RNTCP State Task Force meeting held at Amrita Hospital

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences hosted RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program) State Task Force meeting for medical colleges in Kerala on October 24, 2017. The programme was inaguarated by Dr.Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and was presided by Dr. Anithakumari, State Task Force Chairperson.

Dr. Sunilkumar State TB Officer; Dr. Sanjeev Nair, Zonal OR Chairman; Dr. Sanjeev K. Singh, Medical Superintendent, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr.Beena K.V., Department of Public Health, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Sharath G. Rao, District TB Officer, Dr. P. T. James, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Akhilesh K., Nodal Officer, RNTCP, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and representatives from all medical colleges attended the programme. A CME on “Update on Tuberculosis” was organised as a part of STF meeting and TB control activities of all medical colleges were analyzed.

Amrita Hospital receives Kerala State Pollution Control Board’s Excellence Award

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, received Kerala State Pollution Control Board’s award for its sustained efforts in pollution control and for initiatives in environment protection in 2016 - 17. The award instituted by the state government in different categories of institutions for best practices in pollution control, effective management to control air and water pollution, energy and water conservation and protection of environment is given to coincide with World Environment Day.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan presented the award on October 04, 2017. The award was received by Swami Jnanamritanandapuri, Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Dr. Jaggu, Additional General Manager; V. Rajappan, General Manager of Water Treatment & Biomedical Waste Management and R. R. Rajesh, Senior Research Officer of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences were present on the occasion.

Amrita Hospital receives Kerala State Pollution Control Board’s Excellence Award

Seminar on Anaesthesia and Updates in Transplant Care held at Amrita Hospital

The 4th postgraduate refresher course AARC 2017 (Amrita Anaesthesia Refresher Course), was conducted under the auspices of the Department of Anaesthesia on October 01, 2017. Dr Lakshmi Krishnakumar (Organising Chairperson), Dr Sindhu Balakrishnan (Organising Secretary) conducted the proceedings. Dr Sanjeev K Singh (Medical Superintendent) was the chief guest for the event. Eminent faculty delivered state-of-the-art lectures that were attended by 150 delegates.

A speciality focused CME, Updates in Transplant Care (UTAC -2017) was held on October 02, 2017. This was the first transplant anaesthesia related CME conducted at Amrita Hospital. The top practising faculty in the field of liver transplant graced the proceedings and enlightened the audience on the current practice in transplant anaesthesia. Dr Prem Nair (Medical Director) was the chief guest, Dr Col Vishal Marwaha ( Principal, Amrita School of Medicine) and Dr Puneet Dhar (HOD of GI surgery) addressed the delegates. Around 120 delegates participated in the conference.

The department of Anaesthesia is the largest in the hospital providing services to all specialities and emergency cover 24/7. The department provides services to multiple specialities, reconstructive and faciomaxillary, orthopaedic and neurosurgery, gastrosurgical and other general specialities. It is part of the Amrita School of Medicine which trains more than 10 postgraduate students each year. Speciality training is also offered in transplant, neurosurgery, airway, paediatrics and critical care.

Amrita Hospital conducts Asia’s first upper-arm double hand-transplant on 19-year-old girl


  • The recipient is a young engineering student who lost both her hands in a road mishap last year
  • Upper-arm transplants are very challenging. Only nine such cases exist in the world
  • This is the fourth successful hand-transplant surgery at Amrita Hospital in the last three years

The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) has conducted India’s – and Asia’s – first upper-arm double hand-transplant on Shreya Siddanagowda, a 19-year-old chemical engineering student of Manipal Institute of Technology, who lost both her hands in a road mishap last year. The donor was 20-year-old Sachin, a B. Com final year student of Ernakulam’s Rajagiri College, who was declared brain-dead after suffering fatal head injury in a motorcycle accident. His parents readily agreed to donate his hands and other organs for transplant.

Shreya is the only daughter of Suma Nuggihalli and Fakirgowda Siddnagowder, a senior manager at Tata Motors, Pune. In September 2016, while returning by road from Pune to her college near Mangalore, the bus she was travelling in overturned, crushing her hands. She was rushed to a hospital, where both her arms had to be amputated at the elbow.

Shreya was devastated, losing her hands at such a young age. She said: “My whole world collapsed and I couldn’t believe what had happened. However, I recovered emotionally in a few weeks because of the loving support of my family and close friends, even though momentary lapses into depression continued. When I was told by my mother that hand transplants were now being conducted in India, I got great strength and hope, and my disability began to look temporary. I felt that one day, I will again be able to lead a near-normal life with a transplant.” Four months later, Shreya began to use prosthetic limbs, but was unhappy as these did not allow her to do most of the daily chores. Her uncertain wait for a hand donor finally ended in August this year.

For Shreya’s upper-arm double hand-transplant, Dr. Subramania Iyer, HOD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Amrita Hospital, led a team of 20 surgeons and a 16-member anesthetic team in a surgery that lasted 13 hours. He said: “Upper arm transplants are much more challenging than those at the wrist or forearm level due to the complexity involved in accurately identifying and connecting various nerves, muscles, tendons and arteries. Rehabilitation is also much more difficult because the patient bears the weight of the transplanted hands at the upper arm. In Shreya’s case, both transplants were done at the middle of the upper arm. This is the first time that an upper arm transplant has been done in India or even Asia. Only nine such transplants have been conducted in the world till now.”

Shreya’s body has accepted the transplanted hands and is showing good signs of recovery. She has been discharged from the hospital and put on an intensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation program. “Shreya is currently undergoing a regime of movements for her fingers, wrists and shoulders. The elbow movements are planned to be started in a couple of weeks. We expect that she will regain 85% of hand function in the next one-and-a-half years,” said Dr. Mohit Sharma, who, along with Dr. Ravishankaran, played lead roles in the surgery.

Even though Shreya has received the hands of a male donor, she felt the hands to be great when she first saw them. She said: “Hopefully, in the next couple of years, I will be able to lead a near normal and happy life. I want to continue my studies and fulfill all my dreams that I had before the accident. I thank the donor Sachin’s family and doctors at Amrita Hospital for giving my life back.”

The Amrita Hospital created medical history in January 2015 by carrying out India’s first hand transplant on a 30-year-old patient, Manu T.R. This feat was followed by another hand transplant surgery in April 2015 on a young Afghan soldier. Both these transplants were at the wrist level. In July 2016, the hospital conducted India’s first double transplant at the elbow level. All these patients are doing well, and two of them have already become employed.

Amrita Fertility Centre Opened

Amrita Fertility Centre, Amrita Speciality Clinic at Thevara, Kochi was inaugurated by K. J. Maxi MLA on September 26, 2017. Swami Purnamritananda Puri gave the benedictory address. Cine actress Shanti Krishna was the chief guest on the occasion.

Amrita Fertility Centre has been designed as a world class facility with state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure. It has one of the largest clean room labs and provides highly affordable Assisted Reproductive Services like IVF, ICSI, IUI, diagnosis of sexual dysfunction, testicular biopsy, TESA, Micro TESE, Cryopreservation and genetic services. Infertility treatment provides customized, evidence-based treatment to each people. Advanced research in the field of assisted reproduction widens treatment horizons.

Amrita Fertility Centre is the first institute in the state to offer a PG teaching program leading to MCH in Reproductive Medicine recognised by the Medical Council of India.

Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine; Dr. Narayanan, IMA President; Dr.Vinayachandran S., President, KFOG; Dr. Radhamany K., Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences; Dr. Gracy Thomas, President, COGS; Dr. Jayasree Nair, Head of Reproductive Medicine; Dr. Fessy Louis, Consultant, and Dr. Jyothi Pillai, Consultant, Amrita Fertility Centre spoke on the occasion.