Brain-dead patient saves four lives

Namrata Devikar
Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Pune: A 43-year-old woman was declared brain dead after she met with an accident on Baramati-Jejuri road. Her family members decided to save four lives by donating her heart, liver, two corneas and skin. The heart was transported from Pune to Delhi for transplant.

Surekha Joshi from Ruby Hall Clinic said there were no takers in Pune and Mumbai for the heart.

Pune: A 43-year-old woman was declared brain dead after she met with an accident on Baramati-Jejuri road. Her family members decided to save four lives by donating her heart, liver, two corneas and skin. The heart was transported from Pune to Delhi for transplant.

Surekha Joshi from Ruby Hall Clinic said there were no takers in Pune and Mumbai for the heart.

“Hence, we got in touch with National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) and the heart was allocated to All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi, for further transplant. The heart was transported via a green corridor from Ruby Hall Clinic to the airport in record time of five minutes,” said Joshi.

She added that this record time would not have been possible without the foolproof coordination of Pune Police.

She said the doctors who were treating the victim saw no improvement. The doctor declared the patient as brain dead and gave two options to the patient’s relatives, of either taking the body or to go for organ donation.

“This time, the family of the brain dead patient came forward and said that they want to go for organ donation. It was the daughter of the brain dead patient, who decided to donate her mother’s organs,” Joshi added.

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