46-year old brain-dead person gives new lease of life to four 

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pune: A brain-dead patient in Pune gave life to four after his family gave the nod and donated his heart, two kidneys and liver. The 46-year-old patient was declared brain dead after being in a comatose condition for four days. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Prashant Khandelwal, a neuro-surgeon from Jehangir Hospital said the patient had multiple blood clots in the brain and was in a critical condition for the last four days despite a life-saving surgery. 

Pune: A brain-dead patient in Pune gave life to four after his family gave the nod and donated his heart, two kidneys and liver. The 46-year-old patient was declared brain dead after being in a comatose condition for four days. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Prashant Khandelwal, a neuro-surgeon from Jehangir Hospital said the patient had multiple blood clots in the brain and was in a critical condition for the last four days despite a life-saving surgery. 

“His chances of survival looked bleak as he was on a ventilator and not responding as the damage was in the brain with no other surface injuries. He was declared brain dead on Thursday and the family members gave their consent for the harvesting of the organs on Friday evening,” said Khandelwal. 

Arti Gokhale, coordinator, Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) Pune, said that the heart was sent in 90 minutes via a green corridor to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai and the recipient was a 23-year-old man. 

“The harvesting of organs was done on Saturday morning at Jehangir Hospital and the surgeries lasted for two-and-a-half hours till 4:45 am by the surgical and intensive care unit (ICU) team. The heart was transported on Saturday around 5 am. One kidney at Jehangir Hospital was transplanted into a 23-year-old lady on the waiting list. The other kidney was given to a 62-year-old retired police officer at Ruby Hall Clinic and the liver recipient was a 71-year-old gynecologist at Sahyadri Hospital,” noted Gokhale. 

According to statistics provided by ZTCC, since January 2017 till date, there has been a total of 43 donors retrieval. 

There has been 64 kidney transplants, 40 liver transplants, one kidney and pancreas transplant and eight heart transplants.

Pune ZTCC has shared five hearts with Mumbai ZTCC and one heart with All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi (AIIMS) through National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) and lungs to Global Hospital in Chennai through NOTTO

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