Rotary Needy Homograft Bank (RNHB) is a joint venture of Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar, Needy Heart Foundation and Manipal Hospital.
This set up helps store valve tissues taken from brain dead donors or cadavers within 24 hours of death. Usually aortic, pulmonary and mitral valves can be harvested. These valves are processed and stored for use in treating various complex heart problems.
Tissues harvested like this are essential to treat a significant proportion of complex heart diseases in children and adults. This as alternate valves and conduits though available in the market are expensive and are beyond the reach of common man.
This Homograft Bank is an initiative for the cryo-preservation unit for the Homograft heart valve bank being run by a charitable organization for the first time in India.
Considering the high cost involved in the project, Needy Heart Foundation, in association with Rotary Club of Indiranagar (RBI) and Manipal Hospital (MH) joined hands together & established this Bank at MH.