Pune: In a bid to save three lives, the family of a 61-year-old woman who was declared brain dead on Saturday at the Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) has decided to donate her liver and cornea.
The liver was donated to a 47-year-old male patient from Jupiter Hospital in Baner whereas the corneas will give eyesight to two patients from SGH.
She was a resident of Bibvewadi and was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday in the emergency ward. However, the doctors were not able to revive her and she was declared brain dead on Saturday. The family agreed to donate the liver and cornea of the patient.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean of BJ Government Medical College (BJGMC) and SGH said the number of cases for organ donation of brain-dead patients had increased in the last few years due to the initiatives by the State government.
"In last two years, organ donation by 12 such patients have taken place in SGH with the endless help and coordination of Pune Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC),” said Chandanwale.
Dr Harshal Rajekar, Dr Mandar Dhamangaokar, Dr Harishchandra Umarajkar and anesthetist Dr Saiyogita Naik were involved in the retrieval.
Speaking to Sakal Times about the 47-year-old male recipient, Dr Gaurav Chaubal of Jupiter Hospital said, "The patient was awaiting a liver as he is suffering from liver cirrhosis and we were going to perform a live donor surgery where his sister was going to donate a part of her liver. However, at the right time, we got a call about this organ donation and the transplant happened."