Pune: A 21-year-old male donor from Solapur has donated his heart, liver and kidney, saving four lives. The liver and heart were transported from Solapur by chartered flight to Pune.
The kidney transplant will be done at DY Patil Medical College, Pune, and Noble Hospital, Pune. The heart and liver will be transplanted to recipients from Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune.
This organ retrieval was made from Dr VM Medical College, Solapur. It is the first centre in Pune region to carry out organ donation under ‘non-transplant organ retrieval centre’ (NTORC).
The hospitals under the NTORC category are the centres that help cadaver donation by identifying brain dead patients and retrieving their organs at their facilities.
These centres have permission to retrieve organs of brain dead patients and do not have licences to carry out organ transplant. The aim to have such centres is to increase the number of cadaver donations.
Arti Gokhale, coordinator, Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC), Pune, said, “This is the first organ donation at a NTORC hospital. More and more such transplants at these hospitals will give a boost to the movement for organ donation.”
Speaking to Sakal Times about the recipient, Dr Sanjay Pathare, Medical Director of Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune, said, “A 67-year-old man, who was suffering from heart failure, underwent a heart transplant, while a 50-year-old man, who was suffering from liver failure, will undergo liver transplant.”
Speaking to Sakal Times about the economic background of the donor’s family, Dr Sandeep Holkar, nephrologist and transplant physician at the Government Medical College, Solapur said, “His mother is a maid and his father is a watchman. He himself was working at a small scale industry.
In spite of the poor economic background, his parents showed willingness to donate the organs. Initially, there was some refusal from their side, but after counselling for three hours they agreed to donate the organs.”
He added that maintaining the blood pressure of the brain dead patient till morning was a challenging task for the team of doctors.