Family’s awareness about organ donation, helps save three lives

Awareness about the concept of organ donation is building readiness among people to donate organs of their loved ones. A 50-year-old woman’s family in Pune took the initiative to donate her organs. It was her family who was aware and keen to do it

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A 50-year-old Pune resident Ms Jain (first name withheld on family’s request) had an accident on Shankar Sheth Road at 11 pm on May 28 on a two-wheeler.

She was resuscitated and brought into Jehangir Hospital – the lady underwent a CT scan and a subdural hematoma was discovered. She underwent brain surgery at 2:30 am on the same night but after no improvement in her condition for 48 hours, she was declared brain dead.

Admitted under the care of Dr Abhay Somani at Jehangir Hospital, the cardiologist says, “She was absolutely healthy and the family and the accident and emergency team made their best efforts to revive her. When declared brain dead, the family – despite being a large one – from both sides, did not hesitate to donate her organs and help others live.”

When Dr Somani and transplant co-ordinator Vrinda Pusalkar mooted the idea of organ donation, the family did not hesitate at all.

Her liver was sent to Apollo Hospital in Nashik to a 32-year-old, one kidney was transplanted in Jehangir Hospital to a 56-year-old and another kidney was sent to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital to a 50-year-old.

“The patient who has received the kidney was on the waiting list for the last 2-3 years and is absolutely normal post-surgery and we should discharge the patient shortly,” says Dr Shriniwas Ambike, a nephrologist at Jehangir Hospital.

Nitin Jain, her younger brother-in-law, said, “We are a family in the Jain Community involved in social work for the last 40 years. Not one person from our side or my sister-in-law’s family hesitated in giving the organs. Her eyesight had a high number, so we couldn’t give her corneas as it posed a problem. In fact, even her daughters who despite the suddenness of the accident were all willing for donating her organs. This was the best way to ensure her memory lives on.”

Dr Sachin Vaze, Dr Shriniwas Ambike, Dr Yogesh Sohoni and Dr Kirpekar along with anaesthetist Avantika Bhat were a part of the operating team.