Five cadaver donors give a new lease of life to thirteen organ failure patients in Mumbai in just three days. Three of the donations took place on the same day.
The Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), which oversees organ distribution in the city, said the tally so far this year has already reached 10, which was the count by the end of February 2015. In the last three days, six kidneys, two hearts and five livers have been transplanted.
‘In three days, six kidneys, two hearts and five livers have been transplanted to organ failure patients in Mumbai.
An 80-year-old woman from Vile Parle was brought to Nanavati Hospital earlier this week with cerebral bleeding, but her condition did not improve. She became the second oldest in the city ever to donate organs. Her liver was transplanted to a 58-year-old man at Global Hospital in Parel.
A 52-year-old woman, the wife of a police constable Nandakumar Naik, was declared brain dead due to cerebral hemorrhage. Naik readily agreed to donate when told his wife's liver could save a life. It was transplanted into a 39-year-old male at Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
"We got livers from both donors. The organs were harvested simultaneously in adjoining operation theaters and shared with Global and Fortis hospitals. It is a sign of growing awareness that both families were extremely forthcoming when our transplant coordinator approached them," said Dr Rajendra Patankar, COO, Nanavati Hospital. Their kidneys were not found fit for transplant.
On the outskirts of the city a family residing in Panvel had also taken the decision to donate the organs of their loved one.
A 38-year-old man, Gangadhar Swain, suffered a severe head injury in a road accident. He never regained his senses and was eventually declared brain dead.
"The donor's wife Manorama (34) and his brother, despite having little knowledge about cadaver donation, responded positively and took the bold decision to donate his heart, liver, kidneys and corneas. Single-handedly, he has changed six lives," said P K Sashanker, administrator, MGM Hospital.
His liver was given to a 50-year-old woman, while his kidneys were transplanted to a 38-year-old male and a 25-year-old female at MGM and Nair hospitals. The heart was given to a 36-year-old man from Lonavla, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy.