Brain-dead girl’s liver saves man’s life

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The family of a 30-year-old-girl who succumbed to her illness gave a new lease of life to a 67-year-old man, by donating her liver.

Pune: The family of a 30-year-old-girl who succumbed to her illness gave a new lease of life to a 67-year-old man, by donating her liver. Both the donor and the recipient were operated at the city-based Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.

The girl was brought to Aditya Birla Hospital because of a large intracranial bleed. For the last 15 years, she was on medication for SLE Lupus nephritis, informed officials from the hospital.
Dr Urvi Shukla, a senior intensive care consultant from the hospital, said that it is a connective tissue disorder which affects all organs.

“She succumbed to her illness. The only sister of three brothers, the patient had expressed her wish to her family that she wanted to donate her organs. The family decided to fulfil her wish and expressed their willingness for organ donation,” said Shukla.

She further added that the patient’s family had agreed to donate all organs.

“However, her kidney and heart had got affected because of her illness. But her liver was in good condition. It was donated to a 67-year-old man who was suffering from NASH which is a related chronic liver disease. The patient was an asthma patient who had a history of degenerative complete heart blockage and was on a pacemaker. The entire procedure was very critical and the entire transplant surgery took 12 hours,” said Shukla.

The procedure of organ retrieval was conducted by a team of doctors from the hospital which included Dr Prashanth Rao, Dr Urvi Shukla and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team and anaesthesia team.

According to Rekha Dubey, CEO, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, the process of declaring a patient brain dead to broaching the subject of organ donation with the family is a delicate one.

“The extreme grief of losing a near one and yet coming forward for the common cause of doing good for the humanity is a courageous act by the family. The society is gradually getting sensitised to the concept of brain stem death and organ donation,” said Dubey.

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