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Boost for organ transplant

mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2010 01:48 IST
Sai Raje
Sai Raje
Hindustan Times
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Four more civic hospitals in the city will be authorised to retrieve organs from brain-dead patients this month.
The move will bring relief to the 1,400 patients awaiting organ transplants in the city.

The authorisation will allow these hospitals to identify patients of brain stem deaths, counsel patients’ family members to donate a patient’s organs in case of brain stem death, and retrieve organs for transplants.

The four civic hospitals identified for organ retrieval are — Bhabha Hospital, Bandra; Dr V N Desai Hospital, Santacruz; RN Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle and Bhagwati Hospital, Borivli.

Presently, four public hospitals — JJ Hospital, KEM Nair and Sion hospitals and 21 private hospitals are recognised as organ retrieval and transplant centres.

“The waiting list for organs such as kidneys and livers is very long. Recognising more hospitals as cadaver retrieval centres will help us identify more brain stem deaths, thus enabling more organ donations,” said Dr Sujata Patwardhan, head of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC).

The four hospitals have been informed by the ZTCC and are in the process of applying to the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) to formalise the recognition.

“We have already submitted our application and are awaiting a reply of recognition from the DHS,” said a senior
doctor from the RN Cooper Hospital.

In June, the ZTCC along with doctors at KEM Hospital, Parel, conducted a two-day training workshop for 300 staff members
of these hospitals, including ICU nurses, medical social workers and ICU doctors.

“They were trained to diagnose brain stem death patients and counselling patients’ family members about organ donation,” said Patwardhan.