One of the largest civic-run medical facilities in Mumbai, KEM Hospital, performed its third organ transplant procedure this year, on Wednesday night. The surgery has taken the tally of liver transplants to 46 this year.
The family of 57-year-old Jayashree Dinawala, a Goregaon resident, decided to donate her organs at the hospital. The 67-year-old Airoli-based recipient was informed that there was an organ available, and the surgery was performed.
Dr Avinash Supe, dean and medical director, tertiary care hospitals, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that the family was proactive and showed a willingness to donate the organs. “The recipient was suffering from liver failure. We appreciate that the family came from Goregaon to KEM Hospital to donate the organ,” said Supe.
The hospital had stopped the transplant of livers in 2010 after both the patient and recipient succumbed within four months of the surgery. The surgery is performed at a subsidised rate and costs about Rs5 lakh as against private hospital costs that go up to about Rs10-15 lakh.