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Dr. Subramania Iyer, Professor and HoD of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi and senior hand transplant surgeon, who established the country’s first hand transplant center in Kerala, spoke at the National Symposium on Organ Donations on Sunday, December 18, 2016. He said that hand transplant was more difficult than any other organ transplantation. He noted that a hand has 40 structures to identify the match to connect the donor’s hand to the recipient while performing surgery. According to Dr. Subramaniya Iyer, “India is abysmally low in organ donations and the main obstacle is to get consent from the family members of donors.”

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