A seven-year-old boy becomes Maharashtra's youngest cadaver donor. The boy suffering from cerebral venous thrombosis was declared brain dead on Jan 31st at Hinduja Hospital in Mahim.
The seven-year-old donor, Deyaan Udani, was on a vacation in Mumbai from Sydney with his family. After receiving consent from his relatives, his organs were retrieved and donated to patients at Jaslok and Jupiter hospitals.
‘The heart and kidneys retrieved from a seven-year-old were transplanted onto a seven-year-old and eleven-year-old respectively. All the three were the youngest in Mumbai for organ donation and transplantation.’
His kidneys were transplanted onto an 11 and 15-year-old, with the 11-year-old again being the youngest to undergo a kidney transplant. The liver was transplanted onto a 31-year-old in Jupiter hospital.
A seven-year-old girl suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy was on the waiting list for over a month at Fortis Hospital in Mulund. Doctors from the hospital rushed to Hinduja hospital and immediately retrieved the boy's heart which later was transplanted onto the girl with the help of a green corridor.
The green corridor covered 26 km within 18 minutes. This was the state's ninth successful heart transplant and second pediatric heart transplant. She is the youngest patient to undergo a heart transplant in Mumbai.
Dr Vijay Agarwal, head of pediatric cardiac surgery at Fortis, said, "It is an exceptional task to find a compatible match, in terms of age, weight, height and blood group. We found a perfect match in this donor from Hinduja Hospital. It has given a ray of hope to this young patient. The transplant surgery has been successfully concluded. The patient has been moved to the ICU and is now stable. She will be kept under observation for the next 48-72 hours."
Dr. Mulay said, "We now see the wheels of progressive change being set in motion. Pediatric cardiac surgeries are witnessing as much momentum as adult cardiac surgeries. Increased awareness about the importance of organ donation has been pivotal for this change. We will continue to work tirelessly to further the cause, and educate key influencer groups who can drive further awareness."