Family reaches out to counsellor, expressing their wish for organ donation

Awareness regarding organ donation is increasing in the city and more people are becoming aware of the vital importance of organ donation. As people are slowly warming up to the concept of organ donation, we come across incidents where the relatives of a patient come forward to donate their loved one's organs 

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A 55-year old woman’s family voluntarily came forward today and gave consent for organ donation. It was not counsellor that approached the family, but the family approached counsellor expressing their wish for organ donation. Incidentally, with organ donation, Sassoon had its third liver transplant.

This is a good sign that families are coming forward themselves to donate organs. This noble gesture can help save countless lives.

Recently, such an incident took place in Kolhapur. On Friday, November 08, a cadaver donation occurred at Aster Adhar Hospital in Kolhapur. The husband of the deceased, who is also the President of Vyapari Sangathan in Kolhapur, consented to donate her organs.

This is the 56th organ donation under ZTCC Pune, so far in November.

This year so far, Pune has witnessed 56 cadaver donations, so far, while it had witnessed 63 cadaver donations last year.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Aarti Gokhale, a ZTCC coordinator from Pune, said, “It was voluntary organ donation. The husband of the deceased woman, already knew about the concept of organ donation. We did not counsel them; in fact, they came first to us and expressed their wish of donating organs. We are happy that with increased awareness people are coming forward to donate organs.”

The lungs were sent to Global Hospital in Mumbai, via a chartered flight from Kolhapur. A green corridor was created between Kolhapur and Pune as two kidneys and a liver was transported. One kidney will be utilised by Jehangir Hospital and the other kidney will go to Apollo Hospital, Nashik. The liver was sent to Sassoon Hospital.

One single organ and tissue donor can save or improve the lives of more than eight people, helping to restore eyesight, damaged tissues or vital functions. Organ transplantation gives thousands of children and adults each year a renewed chance at living full and active lives.

Organ donation is the process of donating organs or biological tissue to a living recipient, who needs a transplant. There is a huge shortage of donated organs in India, which results in a large number of deaths among patients as they do not receive an organ in time.