15-year-old’s organs help save lives of four people

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Pune: A 15-year-old brain dead boy’s heart, liver and kidneys were donated at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) and gave a new lease of life to four people. 

Doctors at the hospital said that the boy met with an accident after losing control of his bike on Thursday. He was admitted at a private hospital, after which he was brought to SGH for further treatment. On Saturday, he was declared brain dead and his relatives were convinced for organ donation. His heart, liver and kidneys were retrieved.

Pune: A 15-year-old brain dead boy’s heart, liver and kidneys were donated at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) and gave a new lease of life to four people. 

Doctors at the hospital said that the boy met with an accident after losing control of his bike on Thursday. He was admitted at a private hospital, after which he was brought to SGH for further treatment. On Saturday, he was declared brain dead and his relatives were convinced for organ donation. His heart, liver and kidneys were retrieved.

His heart was sent to Chennai while liver was sent to a private hospital in Nashik. One kidney was donated to a patient at a private hospital in Pune and another to a patient in SGH.

Arti Gokhale, co-ordinator of Zonal Transplant Co-operation Centre (ZTCC), said that this is the 25th instance of organ donation in the region in 2018. “It is also the first time that a liver transplant has been done in Nashik. A heart retrieval was done in Kolhapur for the first time ever as well in this week,” said Gokhale.

Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of SGH, said, “This is the second kidney transplant in the hospital in last one week, which is a very good thing. As a government-run hospital, this is one of the most easily accessible options for many families that are financially challenged. Also, It is a good thing that many youngsters have opted for organ donation voluntarily, which in turn is helping many people.”

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