Family’s awareness on organ donation helps save three lives

On Thursday, October 17, Mumbai witnessed its 69th organ donation, when the family of a 60-year-old brain-dead woman consented to donate her organs. During the last week itself, the city had witnessed three cadaver donations

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As awareness regarding organ donation is slowly but steadily growing, more people are coming forward to donate the organs of their loved ones. This noble gesture helped save the lives of innocent people who have been waitlisted for an organ transplant.

A 60-year-old woman was declared brain-dead by doctors. After being counselled the patient’s relative gave their consent for organ donation.

A liver and both the kidneys were retrieved during the cadaver donation process. The heart and lung were medically unfit for transplant. The distribution of organs was done as per ZTCC guidelines.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sujata Ashtekar, Consultant Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation and State Organ and Tissue Transplantation (ROTTO-SOTTO), said, “This is not the first time that we have witnessed a voluntary donation. At times, we get a call for skin and eye donation. But yes, there is increased awareness on organ donation.”

She added, “Mumbai has witnessed 69 organ donations, so far this year. While there have been 131 organ donations in Maharashtra until October 14. At times, the family of the deceased patient is well-informed about the concept of organ donation. But it is the duty of the medical intensivist to inform the relative of the patient about the procedure of organ donation.”

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.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sugathi Iyer, the chairperson of the organ transplant committee at P.D. Hinduja Hospital, stated, “The 60-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital on October 14. She had suffered from a cerebral brain haemorrhage. She was eventually declared as brain-dead. The family was counselled on organ donation.”

She added, “This family was highly motivated, they were already aware of the concept of organ donation. In the past, they have already filled pledge form in one awareness activity. They knew that it would help save precious lives.”

Dr Iyer further said, “One kidney was retained at P.D. Hinduja Hospital, while the other kidney was sent to Bombay Hospital. The liver was sent to Kokilaben Hospital.”