When doctors at Saifee Hospital, Charni Road, declared Mahim resident Nanda Parmar, 73, brain dead, her family took time to accept that she had sustained irreversible brain damage.
After they were told that there was little that could be done to help her, Nanda’s husband Ratilal consented to donating his wife’s organs, giving hope to three end-stage organ failure patients. The family also donated her corneas which will benefit two blind people. Nanda’s is the 26th cadaver donation reported in Mumbai this year. While the other organs have been transplanted, it is not clear where the corneas have gone to beneficiaries.
Nanda was admitted to Saifee Hospital after she had a fall in her house. She developed brain haemorrhage and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital. “The ICU doctors declared her brain dead within 24 hours. I approached the family about the possibility of donating organs. They were reluctant as they wanted to try all possible treatments. We explained to them the limitation of medicine to help her,” said Dr Shabina Khan, transplant administrator at the hospital.
The donated liver was transplanted to a 61-year-old patient at Global Hospital, Parel. One of the kidneys was transplanted to a patient at Saifee Hospital and the other went to a patient admitted at Fortis Hospital, Mulund.
Despite opposition from his children, Ratilal stuck to his resolve to donate Nanda’s organs even though he was a little unsure at first. He later decided to go ahead since it would help save lives of other people.
As the donor was in her seventies, the heart could not be harvested for donation despite her blood group matching that of a 20-year-old patient who is on the waiting list for a heart transplant at Jaslok Hospital, Peddar Road.