Mumbai marks first heart transplant of 2018

Organ donation is a noble deed indeed. With an ex-navy officer donating his wife’s organs yesterday, it marked the first organ donation of 2018

Mumbai marks first heart transplant of 2018
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Organ donation can save a parent from the pain of losing a child, it prevents a child from growing up without a parent, it adds years of happiness to couples whose time together would otherwise have been cruelly cut short. It is the ultimate gift of love.

One such example was set by an ex-navy officer who donated his wife’s organs at INHS Ashvini Hospital in Colaba on Wednesday evening after she was declared brain-dead. Immediately, her organs were transported across the city to save lives, making it the first organ donation in Mumbai in the year 2018.

Sources from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, the donor was 53-years-old and had met with an accident. “The donor’s family consented and donated her heart, liver and kidneys. The heart was sent to Fortis hospital, the liver was sent to Global Hospital and the kidneys were sent to Bombay Hospital” said Urmila Mahajan, current coordinator of ZTCC.

In 2017, 58 organ donations took place. Maharashtra accounted for a total of 133 cadaver donations, breaking all records of previous year’s donations.