Sindhu Waikar 53, who donated part of her liver to her son,
Rahul, 33 died on Sunday. Rahul also died five days later. He never regained
consciousness after the surgery. Since transplants began in Mumbai this is the first incident where in a donor
has died following a liver transplant operation.
Officials and health experts are of the opinion that the
country's most affordable liver transplant program at KEM which had begun six
months back suffered a setback due to the death of both, the recipient and
donor. In Mumbai, liver transplants are done only at KEM, Jaslok and Fortis
hospitals. This was the third liver transplant done at KEM. Jaslok and Fortis,
with 14 and 4 operations respectively, have a clean slate in terms of donor's
According to Rahul's brother, the doctors had explained the
risks for the recipient associated with such a surgery. He claimed that the
doctors had told them that the donor was just at 1% risk. Post-operative Sindhu
was admitted to the ICU for four days and was later shifted to the general
ward. The family feels that shifting her to the general ward was a mistake. Dr
Kantharia said, "She was walking on her own for a few days. She developed
pneumonia and respiratory problems. She was prone to infections due to old age.
She was alive for a month after the surgery. Had there been a problem with the
surgery, she would have showed symptoms sooner." Tests will be conducted
in the gastroenterology post operative ward by the KEM Hospital's infection
committee to check if the 53 year old liver donor died after getting an
infection there on Sunday.
During the operation a doctor had donated blood to
Rahul. He said, "Rahul surviving the operation was a miracle in itself. He had
internal bleeding. We needed more than 67 units of blood bottles and 104 units
of platelets. No other hospital could have saved him then."