The city has witnessed the highest number of kidney and liver donations in the last five years, according to figures from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC).
There has been a two-fold rise in the number of cadaver kidney donations from 16 in 2008 to 37 this year. In 2009, there were 36 kidney donations in the city. The number of liver donations has also increased to 15 this year as compared to three in 2008.
According to ZTCC, cases of seven cadavers, or brain dead patients, were reported from various city hospitals between August and October. Doctors said the cadaver donation program in the city had gained momentum following former chief minister Vilasrao Desh-mukh’s death in August.
“Despite the rise, it’s still not enough to meet the numbers in the waiting list,” said Dr Bharat Shah, president, Narmada Kidney Foundation.
Officials from ZTCC are planning to rope in celebrities as ambassadors for the cause of organ donation to create awareness about it.
“Our efforts to create awareness are finally paying off. Five years ago, relatives of the patient did not even know the concept of brain death, but are now open to the idea of cadaver organ donation,” said Dr Gustad Daver, ZTCC president.