The lives of four critically ill patients were saved after they received organs from an 11-year-old girl named Tejashree from Nashik.
Her father agreed to donate her vital organs, benefiting four people, including one each from Mumbai and Pune. The noble gesture of the girl's father, Ramesh Shelke, a farmer from Shivde village in Sinnar taluka, will also help one or two people from Nashik to regain their sight with the help of the donated eyes.
Two days ago, she fell unconscious while playing football, and was shifted to Pawar Medical College. It was found that supply of oxygen to her brain had stopped due to some complications. Despite doctors' best efforts, nothing could be done to restore her oxygen supply.
She died due to a cerebral infarct, said Aarti Gokhale, central coordinator, Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, Pune.
Rishikesh Hospital is one of the centres in Nashik that is authorised by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Pune, to perform retrieval of organs for transplant. Transplant coordinator of Rishikesh Hospital, Sanjay Rakibe, said that Nashik police created two green corridors to transport some of the organs to Mumbai and Pune.
"The heart was sent to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai by road. Initially, the plan was to airlift the organ to Mumbai from Ozar Airport in Nashik. However, the plan was fell through due to the heavy rain in Mumbai," he said. Similarly , the liver was sent by road to Pune's KEM Hospital and one of the kidneys was sent to Ashwini Sahakari Rugnalaya in Solapur.