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Mumbai’s 33rd cadaver donation this year saves lives of three

The family of a senior citizen who suffered brain haemorrhage on Raksha Bandhan donated his body, allowing doctors to transplant his kidneys and liver.

mumbai Updated: Aug 13, 2017 01:08 IST
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The organ donation scheme has helped 87 people this year — almost 50% of last year’s 184 — which was the highest since the programme began in 2001.
The organ donation scheme has helped 87 people this year — almost 50% of last year’s 184 — which was the highest since the programme began in 2001. (HT)

The 33rd cadaver donation in Mumbai this year gave a new lease of life to three end-stage organ failure patients. The family of a senior citizen who suffered brain haemorrhage on Raksha Bandhan donated his body, allowing doctors to transplant his kidneys and liver.

The organ donation scheme has helped 87 people this year — almost 50% of last year’s 184 — which was the highest since the programme began in 2001.

Doctors from Saifee Hospital, where the senior citizen was admitted, said he was in the intensive care unit.

“He was put on a ventilator and two days after the treatment, he was declared brain-dead. Since the family wasn’t very familiar with the idea of organ donation and were in mourning, on Friday we told them about the lifesaving social benefits of the process and eventually they agreed,” said a doctor from the hospital.

While the heart of the patient couldn’t be donated because of the advanced age of he donor, the liver, kidneys and eyes were saved for transplant.

“The family was also willing to donate the pancreas, but unfortunately the record keepers of concerned agencies don’t maintain a list of eligible recipients owing to which it couldn’t be donated,” said a doctor from the hospital.

While the liver was sent to Apollo Hospital to a patient diagnosed with fulminant hepatic failure (development of severe liver injury), Saifee Hospital performed a kidney transplant on an in-house patient.

The other kidney was donated to a patient on Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee’s waiting list at Fortis Hospital.

“Last year, patients from the hospital had donated three organs, but this year we have already crossed the figures with the first organ donation of 2017. We hope more lives can be saved with the awareness,” said Dr Shabina Khan medical administrator of Saifee Hospital.