The relatives of a 57-year-old woman from Thane who was battling end-stage kidney failure donated her liver, making this the 17th cadaver donation reported in Mumbai this year.
The donor was herself registered for a cadaveric kidney transplant at Jupiter Hospital in Thane a few weeks ago.
However, she developed a stroke, which led to irreversible brain damage.
“As the family was aware about cadaver donation, they agreed to donate her liver readily,” said Anirudh Kulkarni, transplant coordinator at the hospital.
On Friday, her liver was retrieved and transplanted into a 53-year-old woman from Malad, who had end-stage liver failure.
Unfortunately, the recipient succumbed a day after the transplant surgery.
Across the world, 85 to 90% cadaver liver transplants are successful. “This was an unexpected outcome,” said a senior doctor from the hospital.
Last year, Mumbai recorded 41 cadaver transplants, a majority of which were facilitated at private hospitals.
Experts said the lack of cadaver identification by public hospitals is responsible for fewer donations, while the waiting list is only swelling.
According to the zonal transplant coordination committee, 11 hospitals in the city, including three major public hospitals - B Y L Nair Hospital in Mumbai Central, Sir JJ Hospital in Byculla and Sion Hospital - have not facilitated cadaver donations in 2014.
On the other hand, public hospitals at any given time would have at least four to five cadavers in their intensive care units.