A Borivli family donated the organs of their 11-year-old child who developed irreversible brain damage in a road accident at Marine Drive on Wednesday. The child was hit by a biker, who sped away, leaving her bleeding.
The donation from one of the youngest donors saved the life of a 54-year-old woman who developed acute liver failure on Thursday. Doctors at Global Hospital said the patient would have not survived without the timely donation.
One of the child’s kidneys was transplanted into a 19-year-old man admitted at Saifee Hospital, while the other kidney was transplanted into a 13-year-old boy admitted at Jupiter Hospital, who has been waiting for a transplant for the past three years.
“The child’s condition was critical when brought to the hospital,” said Dr Shabina, senior manager, medical administration at Saifee Hospital.
The next day, she slipped into brain death — a condition where a patient’s other organs can be donated. Social workers at the hospital approached the family for organ donation.
“While the family was initially hesitant, they later consented to donate all her organs. Her heart was not fit to be transplanted, but her other organs have been retrieved successfully,” said Dr Shabina.
Just as the city reported the second cadaver donation in 2016, an Aurangabad hospital facilitated the first-ever cadaver donation since the inception of the programme. The family of Ram Magar, 24, who sustained a brain injury following an accident, donated his organs which saved three lives.
“We could not get an aircraft to transport the heart from Aurangabad to a recipient waiting in Chennai. They [chartered flight operators] demanded Rs22 lakh for transporting the heart to Chennai,” said Dr Sudhir Kulkarni, head of nephrology, MGM Medical College, Aurangabad, adding the government needs to institute a dedicated aircraft service to perform such intra-state and intra-city transplants.
However, a liver and kidney were brought to Mumbai in a commercial flight on Friday and were transplanted to patients at Global and Jaslok Hospitals.
“Liver and kidney can survive outside the body for a longer period compared to the heart. A heart needs to be transplanted within four hours of retrieval,” said a senior doctor.
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