“Our loved ones are still with us today, their heart is beating in another person’s body, their cornea is given sight for someone to see the world.” said family members who had taken a decision to donate the organs of their loved ones after they were declared brain dead.
In the last one year, Sahyadri hospital has successfully conducted 50 liver transplant surgeries in Pune. In order to encourage others to come forward to donate organs, the hospital on Sunday felicitated all those who had donated organs of their brain dead relatives.
Sahyadri Hospitals’ invited the organ donors and recipients along with their respective families on Sunday, 18 June, 2017 in Pune. The event began with highlighting the importance of liver health and honouring the donors’ and recipients’ families.
Dr Bipin Vibhute said that every year more than two lakh patients are diagnosed with liver related disease. Around 25,000 of these require liver transplant but currently 2,000 of those get liver transplanted. He added that it is a challenging job for social workers and doctors to talk to relatives of brain dead patients and convince them to go in for organ donation.
“It was difficult to convince my relatives about my decision to donate the organs of my brain dead wife. But, the doctor had already declared her brain dead and there was no further treatment which could be done. I finally took the decision but, I still felt a lot of pressure while doing it. But, now I know that her organs are helping somebody to live, I no longer feel any burden. I just wish more people come forward and mention about organ donation in their ‘will’,” said Kedar Shete, who took decision of donating his brain dead wife’s organs.
“Rather than being emotional, one should be practical when a doctor declares the patient as brain dead. I do not think my mother is dead, as she is till there on this earth in the form of her organs. The moment, when your loved ones are declared brain dead is critical. But, you have to be strong to go ahead for organ donation. Now I want to be an ambassador on organ donation and want to convince more and more people around me about the cause of organ donation.” said Santosh Subalkar, whose mother who was declared brain dead earlier this year.
Dr Charudutt Apte said, “We are thankful to everyone who has been part of this journey. Especially the organ donors and their families, whose valuable contribution made it possible for us to, save so many lives. Organ donation should become a movement and more and more people should come forward and donate their organs.”