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55 organ donors save lives in 2017, become inspiration for many in Pune

The most recent donor was a 37-year-old man from Satara district.

pune Updated: Dec 14, 2017 15:30 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Growing awareness on the importance of organ donation has resulted in 55 cadaver donations, including nine heart transplants during 2017.
Growing awareness on the importance of organ donation has resulted in 55 cadaver donations, including nine heart transplants during 2017. (HT File Photo)

Growing awareness on the importance of organ donation has resulted in 55 cadaver donations, including nine heart transplants during 2017.

The most recent donor was a 37-year-old man from Satara district. He was travelling along with his wife on a motorcycle when they met with an accident in Satara on December 8. While the woman died on the spot the man sustained head injuries. He was later referred to Ruby Hall Clinic for treatment where he was declared brain dead on December 11.

Doctors from Ruby Hall Clinic said that after the patient was declared brain dead, an appeal was made to the relatives to donate the organs. The young man’s father, a farmer from Satara, agreed with the noble cause and the liver, heart and one of the kidneys of the brain dead patient were retrieved successfully.

Aarti Gokhale, transplant coordinator of Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, Pune branch said, “From January 1 this year, Pune has registered 55 donor retrievals. Apart from this, there have been 12 consents for organ donations but due to medical reasons retrieval could not be done for these 12 consents.”

Gokhale said that as per the statistics available with ZTCC, Pune, so far there have been 79 kidney donations, 53 liver donations, 2 donations of liver + pancreas and 9 heart donations from the city.

“This year a total of six hearts were shared from Pune to Mumbai ZTCC, one heart to All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIMS) Delhi through National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) and lungs shared to global hospital Chennai through NOTTO,” said Gokhale.

In 2016, Pune was ranked number one in the state with 58 cadaver donations. The total number of cadaver donations in 2015 was as low as 16 in Pune which grew significantly to 58 in 2016. The year 2016 also saw 8 heart, 81 kidneys and 58 livers being donated from Pune. Officials said that this rise in donations was mainly seen after efforts from the state government to encourage organ donations and the growing awareness about the importance of donating organs.

Noble Cause

A liver transplant at Sahyadri Specialty Hospital Deccan gave a new lease of life to a 37-year-old, non- alcoholic suffering from end stage liver cirrhosis. The liver was harvested at Government Medical College in Nagpur from a 59-year-old male who was declared brain dead following a head injury after a road accident. A green corridor was prepared between Pune airport and Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan and the liver was bought at 2 pm for transplant.

Dr Bipin Vibhute,liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon, Sahyadri Hospital said that the patient on whom the liver was transplanted today is a non-alcoholic person suffering from end stage liver cirrhosis. He was admitted seven times this year. We received the information about a brain dead person in Nagpur. The patient’s relatives, doctors from GMC Nagpur and social workers provided valuable cooperation and support and saved valuable lives. While the liver was brought to Sahyadri Specialty Hospital Deccan, his heart was taken to Chennai and Cornea at Nagpur.