New Delhi: An Indian origin doctor Hemant Thatte who works as a senior cardiovascular surgeon at Harvard University has invented a 21-chemical solution(SOMAH) that could preserve a donated organ for up to a week before a transplant.
With the present technology most organs can only be preserved outside the body for somewhere between four and 24 hours and generally organs from cadaver donors be transplanted within a small window of 4-6 hours.
If the transplant surgery cannot take place within that time, the available organ cannot be used but with the use of SOMAH the organ can be preserved for a week and can also be transported across a large country or half-way across the globe.
Hemant Thatte was born in Dadar, Mumbai and was raised in Pune. Dr Thatte has worked in Harvard for more than two decades.
Over a decade ago, he synthesized a solution called GALA that could preserve blood vessels used as bypass channels during heart surgeries. GALA is in use across the US and France.
Thatte's lab at the VA Boston Healthcare System devised a recipe of 21 chemical compounds that they believe will slow down the process of cell deterioration.