On Tuesday, the city recorded its third cadaver donation in a week, when the family of a 65-year-old brain dead man donated his organs at Asian Heart Institute (AHI), Bandra. Six individuals, including three end-stage organ failure patients, benefitted from the donation, said officials from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC).
Doctors said the deceased had developed bleeding in the brain, which led to irreversible brain damage, causing his brain death. He was initially admitted to a hospital in Vasai, from where he was shifted to Kolekar Hospital in Chembur. “He was admitted to our hospital for around 10 to 12 hours. As the family was keen on donating, he was shifted to AHI for organ retrieval,” said Dr Arvind Kolekar.
On Monday, the donor was shifted to AHI, where the organs were retrieved by a team of surgeons. “One of the kidneys was transplanted in a patient admitted at AHI,” said a spokesperson from the hospital.
The other kidney was transplanted in a patient at Jaslok Hospital, Pedder Road.
The cadaver liver was transplanted in a 56-year-old man from Delhi. “He has been waiting for the liver for a few months,” said Anirudh Kulkarni, transplant coordinator at Jupiter Hospital, Thane, where the liver transplant was conducted.
Doctors were also considering using the donated heart for a transplant, but decided against it as the donor had a pre-existing heart condition. The donor’s eyes and skin were also donated by the family.
“It is rarely that we see a cadaver donor’s skin being donated, as the focus is on the organ donation. This is an encouraging trend,” said a social worker involved in cadaver donation.