72-yr-old grandmother donates kidney to 11-yr-old grandson, giving him a new life

A 72-year-old woman came forward and donated her kidney to her 12-year-old grandson. The boy was diagnosed with kidney failure at 11 months of age and has been in and out of hospitals his entire life


Sahil Bhundere was a child who always suffered from health issues. When he was an infant he was diagnosed with kidney failure and has struggled since then. He had a tough childhood as he suffered from End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and had been on Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis) for the last six years.

This boy from Kalyan underwent many surgeries in his growing years.

Dr Manoj Matnani, a paediatric nephrologist who had been consulting him, said, “He underwent 4-5 surgeries in the last 7 years as we tried to rectify his issues step by step. He had early mineral bone disease,  and his growth/bones were stunted. We also tried to deal with the CAPD through surgeries by inserting a catheter etc. This helped him gain 8cms in height. Finally, we had to move towards a kidney transplant.”

What was heartening was how his paternal grandmother came forward to donate the kidney. “She is 72 years old but in great health with no diabetes and heart issues. Usually the limit for such donations is restricted to 60 -65 years old only,” said Matnani. The parents were also keen to come to Pune as Dr Matnani had been consulting on this case. “He lived in Kalyan and access to a hospital in Pune vs South Mumbai, he picked Pune for ease of travel and health costs,” he added.

The boy was operated at Jehangir Hospital in Pune. The surgery took 3.5-4 hours with the team consisting of Dr Deepak Kirpekar, Dr Yogesh Sohoni, Dr Nitin Gadgil, Dr Pai, Dr Dhanesh Karmerkar, Dr Nupur Bischt, Dr Archana Jana and Dr Kanhe. “Since the grand mom was 72 years old we had to work on controlling the blood pressure and also manage the blood vessels as it was an adult’s kidney being given to child.”

Santosh Bhundere, his father who is a hawaldar in Kalyan, said, “We couldn’t keep him on dialysis forever. Luckily my mother was a match and also got a clean chit health-wise. Both mother and son are fine and have been discharged. It’s a relief to see him well and he’s also gained some weight and height.”