Pune: The family of a deceased patient at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), on Tuesday, donated two corneas, two kidneys, liver and heart, saving five lives. The patient was brought to the hospital after he met with an accident and was declared brain dead later.
Speaking about the organ donation, Dean of SGH Dr Ajay Chandanwale said that the family members of the deceased took a brave decision by donating the organs and saving so many lives.
“The heart was donated to Ruby Hall Clinic and the liver was sent to Sahyadri Hospital. The corneas gave vision to two patients,” said Chandanwale.
According to officials at Sassoon Hospital, this is the seventh cadaver donation seen at the hospital.
Dr Ajay Chandanwale said, “In the past one-and-a-half years, there have been six cadaver donations at Sassoon General Hospital. The donations have been made by three brain-dead men and three brain-dead women, who donated 21 organs.”
He added that with growing awareness of organ donation, many people are coming forward to give new lease of life to others. He said that soon SGH would be made more efficient to strengthen the process of organ donation.
The heart and liver of the brain-dead patient, on Tuesday, were taken to private hospitals in the city while the eyes are at the eye bank in SGH.
The heart recipient was a 22-year-old male. Surekha Joshi from Ruby Hall Clinic informed that the patient was suffering from cardiomyopathy or heart failure for last three years.
“He could not undergo a surgery earlier as his weight and the weight of the patient was not same. He became fit for the transplant a few days back. He has been in the line for a transplant since the last one-and-a-half-months,” said Joshi.
Speaking about the cadaver donation, Aarti Gokhale, Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Centre (ZTCC), said that the patient’s brother gave consent, as his father is no more and his mother is very old. Kidneys might be used at SGH but are awaiting cross-match reports. Then it will be decided,” said Gokhale.