Mumbai sees record number of organ donations this year

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2015 17:45 IST

In the early hours of Tuesday as three end-stage organ failure patients in the city underwent life-saving transplants, the city’s cadaver donation programme hit a new mark - 42 donations this year.

Last year, Mumbai hospitals had facilitated 41 cadaver donations, making this year’s donations the highest ever since the beginning of the programme in 1990s.

The family of the 65-year-old retired businessman, whose organs were donated at Saifee Hospital in Charni Road, willingly agreed to the idea. “The donor had expressed his wish to donate his organs to his family some years ago. So when we approached the family and they readily consented to donate his organs,” said Dr Shabina, senior manager, medical administration at Saifee Hospital.

The donor was admitted to the hospital on Sunday following which doctors performed several tests. His CT scan reports showed bleeding in his brain which caused irreversible brain damage, said doctors.

A person who develops irreversible brain damage is classified as brain dead and his organs can be transplanted into patients having end-stage organ failure.

The donation also brought an end to the 18-year-wait for a 47-year-old kidney failure patient. “He had lost his two brothers to kidney failure and was eagerly waiting to undergo a cadaver transplant,” added Dr Shabina. The other kidney was transplanted to a patient admitted at Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital.

This Gamdevi family’s decision to donate came within 24 hours after Mumbai had recorded 41st cadaver donation at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. The deceased’s liver was transported to Jupiter hospital, Thane, where it was transplanted into a 46-year-old man from Thane. “He was on the waiting list for almost 18 months,” said Anirudh Kulkarni, transplant coordinator at Jupiter Hospital.

“We successfully did eight cadaver donations this year. We could have done some more, if families had consented,” said Kulkarni.

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