Husband donates organs of brain-dead wife, gives a new lease of life to five patients

While the heart was sent to Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital, the lungs of the brain-dead woman were sent to Chennai’s Gleneagles Global Hospital. The Pune-Chennai organ transportation is considered to be the longest distance haul of donated lungs in India

Husband donates organs of brain-dead wife, gives a new lease of life to five patients

The husband of a 22-year-old young woman who was declared brain-dead following a head injury suffered due to a fall saved the lives of five patients by donating life-saving organs of his wife. The patient’s husband consented for her heart, lungs, liver and kidneys to be donated.

The heart was retrieved from Ruby Hall Hospital, Pune, by a transplant team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. The lungs were sent to Chennai for transplant.

The heart was transported to Mumbai by road, via a green corridor enabled by the Pune and Mumbai traffic and police authorities, the distance of 143 kms was covered in just one hour and 49 minutes as a result of this arrangement. The donor heart from Pune was transferred out of Ruby Hall Hospital at 1:47 am on Thursday, following the green corridor laid between Pune and Mumbai. It reached Fortis Hospital in Mulund at 3:36 am.

The heart recipient is a 24-year-old male, a college student, from Ghatkopar, Mumbai, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy and had been on the waiting list since May 2017.

Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said that the medical social workers and nursing units worked impeccably with the donor hospitals to retrieve the donor hearts; working in tandem with the civic authorities to transport it to the Operation Theatre (OT) in record time.

“We wouldn’t have been able to conduct these surgeries without the consent given by the kin’s family, who stood strong in his time of grief. With the numbers of the cadaveric donations on the rise, we would be able to help such end-stage organ failure patients. The surgery has been concluded on the patients who required a transplant; they are now stable and have been moved to the ICU. The next 48 to 72 hours will be critical for the recipients and they will be monitored round the clock,” said Mulay.

According to the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) Pune, since August 2015, there have been 29 green corridors with coordination between Pune Police and ZTCC. A liver from Aurangabad, Nashik, Solapur and heart to Mumbai by road has been sent via green corridor three times.

Aarti Gokhale, Central Coordinator at ZTCC, Pune, said, “With more and more awareness on organ donation, more lives would be saved. The relatives of a brain-dead patient should come forward in this regard.”