Indore: Brain-dead youth’s organs save four lives

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2016 16:14 IST
Doctors and members of Muskaan group transporting the heart of 18-year-old Deepak Dhakete through a green corridor in Indore on Thursday. (Shankar Mourya/ HT photo)

The organs of a brain-death youth from Indore gave a new lease of life to four persons on Thursday.

Two ‘green corridors’ were created in the city to transport the organs of Deepak Dhaketa, 18, who was declared brain dead on Wednesday after suffering serious head injury in a road accident.

While the first traffic-free corridor was created between Choithram Hospital and the Indore airport to transport the liver and heart to Delhi, the second corridor was formed between Choithram Hospital and the city’s Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) to carry one of the kidneys.

“We came to know that Deepak was declared brain dead by doctors on Wednesday. Soon, we started the counselling of his family and relatives (about organ donation),” said Sandeep Arya, a member of Muskaan group, which has been working for organ donation for years.

After over five-hour-long counselling, the body was taken for organ retrieval. But some medical complications got the doctors occupied till late Wednesday night. “The platelet count of the patient dropped to 20,000, while the normal level should be four lakh. This indicated that an infection was spreading in the patient’s body,” said Sanjay Dubey, divisional commissioner.

However, the doctors managed to control the infection and harvest the organs. Around 9:45 am, the first green corridor was created through which a kidney was sent to SAIMS for transplant.

The second corridor was created at 11:30 am, when the liver and heart were transported from Choithram Hospital to the Indore airport to be flown to Delhi.

While the heart was successfully transplanted into a 52-year-old woman at Gurgaon’s Medanta hospital, the liver was transplanted into a 66-year-old man at Delhi’s Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences. One patient each at Choithram Hospital and SAIMS received one kidney each, said Dubey.

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