Pune: After a 31-year-old man from Solapur was declared brain dead on Sunday evening, his family decided to donate his vital organs, heart, liver, kidney, pancreas and eyes to give a new lease of life to needy patients. The young donor is survived by his wife, parents and brother.
While the heart, one kidney, liver and pancreas were transported to Pune, another kidney and eyes were donated to hospitals in Solapur.
The 31-year-old donor who was a farmer by profession was hit by a truck on the Pune-Solapur Highway after which he was rushed to a private hospital in Solapur. The doctors later declared him brain dead and his family voluntarily agreed for donation of his organs.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Shilpa Barve, a transplant coordinator from Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital said that the recipient of the pancreas and kidney is a 37-year-old male.
“The patient was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1992 and with hypertension in 2001. Later, he was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2014 and eventually started with dialysis in 2016. He had enrolled for the organ transplant in February 2017. However, in case of getting a pancreas which is from a donor who is not more than 45 years old is very rare. And so after waiting for a year, the patient got a kidney and pancreas now for transplantation,” said Barve.
Speaking to Sakal Times about the heart recipient from the city, Surekha Joshi, a transplant coordinator from Ruby Hall Clinic, said that the heart of the 31-year-old donor gave a new lease of life to a 45-year-old patient.
“The recipient has been suffering from cardiomyopathy from past four years. He was advised to undergo a transplant. He is a small businessman from Pune city. This transplant will give him a new lease of life. Dr Ashish Khanijo did the transplant,” said Joshi.
Speaking about the donor, Aarti Gokhale, Co-ordinator of Zonal Transplant Co-operation Centre (ZTCC), Pune said the family agreed for organ donation.
“The family was aware of organ donation as another family friend has done organ donation. Hence, there was more time for doctors to start the process of organ retrieval. The heart, liver, pancreas were brought to Pune through a green corridor,” said Gokhale.
The police, as well as hospital staff coordinated a lot for the smooth transport of vital organs through a green corridor, said Gokhale. The liver was sent to Aditya Birla Hospital in Pune for transplant.