Brain-dead patient’s organs give new lease of life to many

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 14 February 2019

The resident of Thergaon, who had an electronics shop, suffered a heart attack and was admitted to a nearby hospital. The patient was unconscious and the doctors suggested him to be shifted to Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.

PUNE: In a bid to gift new lease of life to people,  the family of a 35-year-old man who was declared brain dead on February 9 at Aditya Birla Hospital decided to donate his kidneys, liver and cornea.

The resident of Thergaon, who had an electronics shop, suffered a heart attack and was admitted to a nearby hospital. The patient was unconscious and the doctors suggested him to be shifted to Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital. The doctors of Aditya Birla Hospital immediately did CT scan of brain which showed that the patient had brain stem bleed (brain hemorrhage). The patient was in coma and within 12 hours, he was declared brain dead on February 9.

The patient’s family donated his kidneys, liver and cornea  and  a registered patient of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital received one kidney and the other kidney was sent to Wockhardt Hospital in Nashik. Another patient from Aditya Birla Hospital received the liver. The eyes were donated to PCMC Aditya Jyot Eye Bank.

Dr Urvi Shukla, Senior Consultant, Critical Care, Aditya Birla Hospital said, “There is a lot of awareness among people regarding organ donation and in this case the brother of the patient was quite socially aware and did not need any counselling from us. Once the patient was declared brain dead, his brother convinced his family and they donated his organs.”

“Organ donation is a great social activity as you get an opportunity to leave a trace of your identity even after you leave this world,” Shukla added.

The organ donation programme was explained by the doctors of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital and on February 11, the organ retrieval was conducted by Dr Rajesh Badani (Interventional Cardiology), Dr Urvi Shukla (Critical Care), Dr Ashish Pathak (Anesthetics), Dr Mrunmaya Panda (Gastroenterologist), Dr Ravi Mohanka (Liver transplant surgeon), Dr Prashanth Rao (Gastroenterologist), Dr Tarun Jeloka (Nephrologists), Dr Ritesh Kakrania (Ophthalmologist), Dr Anand Dharaskar (Urologist) and along with Bobin Mathew (MSW Hospital Coordinator) and  Aarti Gokhale, Central Coordinator of Pune’s ZTCC.

Talking on this occasion, Rekha Dubey, CEO, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital said, “Organ donation is a very noble cause. Organ transplant provides a second chance at life to thousands of people each year. By deciding to be a donor, you gift hope to thousands of individuals. We are thankful to everyone who has come forward for organ donation.”

Aarti Gokhale, Central Committee Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) said, “Awareness about organ donation is increasing and in this case I am grateful to the family who have taken this brave decision of donating organs. Eventually it is  the family that decides to donate the organs and I urge a lot of families to support this cause as still there are a few who  have apprehension when it come to organ donation.”

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