In the 15th cadaver donation this year, a liver donation from a 61-year-old man gave a new lease of life to a patient who was awaiting a transplant for seven months.
The deceased, Suran Uttamlal Panchal, a resident of Malad, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in August 2014 and was undergoing treatment at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
However, Panchal’s condition deteriorated and he had to be hospitalised on Saturday.
“The patient suffered a brain haemorrhage on Monday. After thprough investigation, he was declared brain dead,” said Dr Rekha Barot, transplant coordinator at Ambani hospital.
“The family was very sensitive towards the cause of organ donation and it took minimal counselling on our part to convince them. Even though his health was failing, his liver could still be used. The family readily consented to donate,” said Barot.
Since Panchal had been on dialysis for almost seven months, his kidneys could not be used for donation.
His liver was given to a patient addmited at Global Hospital in Parel, who was first on the waiting list.
“The patient, who is from Kalyan, is in his fifties and had been on the waiting list for a liver for almost seven months,” Sujata Nadar, transplant coordinator, Global Hospital.
With the latest donation, the total number of liver donations reached 13 and kidneys donated stood at 28.
However, there are at least 2,800 people on the waiting list for kidneys and over 200 for livers.
“The year, so far, has been but the chief concern is that there should be cadaver donations in sizeable numbers from public institutions,” said Dr Sujata Patwardhan, general secretary, Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), Mumbai.