After deciding to donate his daughter, Nimisha Mane's organs and skin, Nandkumar Mane asked the counsellor at Nanavati Hospital, Vile Parle, if he could meet the people who will benefit from her organs.
Nimisha, 19, injured in a car crash at Juhu on March 20 died on Friday night. Her friend, Shivani Rawat, 18, a co-traveller succumbed to head injuries at Nanavati Hospital on March 31.
"Nandkumar was keen to meet the beneficiaries of his daughter's organs but as per policy we do not encourage donors meeting the beneficiaries," said Unnati Lohade, coordinator, organ transplantation, Nanavati Hospital.
Nimisha's parents donated her two kidneys, liver and skin. (from thighs and back). Lohade added that Nandkumar was initially apprehensive about the donation because he thought that it would disfigure his daughter body. But when he was told that removal of organs and even skin would not show on the body, he agreed. "I felt that he was relieved by the donation" added Lohade.
Cadaver donations in the city had taken a serious beating in the last two last years dipping from 36 in 2009 to 10 in 2011. However, this year, seven donors, including Nimisha donated 13 kidneys and 5 livers.
"I think the numbers of cadaver donations will rise as more awareness has been created amongst relatives of brain dead patients such as Nimisha. In such patients, only the brain stops functioning therefore people have the option to donate other organs such as cornea, kidney liver and skin," said Dr Gustad Daver, president of executive council, Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Committee, a non-profit organisation that monitors distribution of cadavers in the state.
More than 1,900 patients are registered with ZTCC's seeking kidney transplantation. About 60 patients need livers transplants. Nimisha's kidney was donated to Zenobia Shroff, 19, at Nanavati Hospital, the other kidney and liver would be used for patients admitted to Jaslok Hospital. "Shroff has been awaiting a kidney transplant for five years. Her blood group (AB+) matched with Nimisha's and we transplanted the kidney," said Dr Sharad Seth, head of nephrology, Nanavati Hospital.