Man’s wish to donate organs unfulfilled
Amit Phadke wanted to honour his 90-year-old grandfather’s last wish — to donate his eyes and body — but unhelpful and unaware staff at the donation centres ensured his grandfather’s last wish died with him, claimed the Tardeo resident.mumbai Updated: Jan 14, 2013 01:25 IST
Amit Phadke wanted to honour his 90-year-old grandfather’s last wish — to donate his eyes and body — but unhelpful and unaware staff at the donation centres ensured his grandfather’s last wish died with him, claimed the Tardeo resident.
Amit wrote to JJ Hospital and an eye bank in Parel last week about how unhelpful their staff was when he approached them to donate his deceased grandfather’s body and corneas.
Laxman Phadke, who died of a brain stroke in November, had registered for the donation with a non-profit in Dombivli.
On the day his grandfather died, Amit approached the Eye Bank Co-ordination and Research Centre (EBCRC) in Parel where, he said, the staff turned him away saying the bank does not accept eyes of people older than 80 years. However, officials at the eye bank said there is no age bar for eye donations.
“I do not deny or accept that this happened. There is a possibility the doctor and staff at the eye bank that Amit called must have made such a comment,” said Deepak Dalal, member of advisory body, EBCRC.
“We will have to think before donating and encouraging others to donate,” said Amit.
The family then approached JJ Hospital in Byculla to donate the body but they said their response was no better. The staff refused the body citing bruise marks on the deceased's back.
“The staff asked us to get a ‘no infection certificate’. We asked for a doctor to examine the body, but they said no one was available as it was Sunday,” said Amit.
JJ hospital said there might have been some miscommunication, and bodies with injuries are not accepted as a preventive measure. “The family should have approached the resident medical officer. I’m not aware about this case, but we will look into it,” said Dr TP Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital.