A few weeks ago, Thane resident Shanzneen Guard and her husband Farookh, after reading about the ‘first heart transplants’ in Mumbai, had decided to donate their organs after their death.
Farookh, 57, suffered a stroke on August 12 and was admitted to a local hospital in Thane. When his condition showed no signs of improvement, his relatives shifted him to Saifee Hospital, Charni Road, on Thursday.
“He was in the intensive care unit for two days, but his condition did not improve. He was declared brain dead on Saturday. When we told the family about the possibility of donating his organs, his wife agreed. They even agreed to donate his heart and lungs,” said Dr Shabina Khan, transplant administrator at the hospital.
Dr Khan said there is a need to identify patients needing a heart transplant and registering them in the waiting list. “In case we have a suitable recipient, another life can be saved,” she said.
This year, 27 cadaver donations have taken place at various city hospitals. On Sunday night, surgeons harvested Farookh’s organs giving life to three end-stage organ failure patients. His corneas were donated too. One of the kidneys was transplanted to a patient admitted at Sion Hospital and the other was transplanted to a patient at Saifee Hospital. The liver was transplanted to a patient admitted to Jupiter Hospital, Thane.
For Shanzneen, the challenging part was to convince her 13-year-old daughter about the organ donation. “I told her that it will be like daddy is still alive,” said Shanzneen, adding, “Donating his organs was Farookh’s last wish; I had to honour it. I am happy for all those who have got his organs.”