The family of a 72-year-old man from Mumbai saved a precious life by consenting to donate his liver at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital (NSSH) on Wednesday. The family’s decision also marked the 72nd cadaveric donation of Mumbai.
The donor, with a history of stroke ten years ago, was rushed to the hospital on November 4 in an unconscious state. After two days of treatment and an array of diagnostic tests, the senior citizen was declared brain-dead on November 6, due to irreversible damage to the brain caused by intracranial bleeding.
“As soon as the doctors and medical social workers counselled us about his brain death, we consented to donate his organs. Our loss is unimaginable but my father would’ve wanted to save someone else’s life in his death,” said the donor’s son.
A 44-year-old man underwent a successful liver transplant at NSSH as per the guidelines of Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), Mumbai. The recipient, suffering from Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) had registered with NSSH two months ago but was on the liver transplant waiting list for over six months.
Dr S K Mathur, President of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, Mumbai, “Last year, we had seen 48 organ donations and so far we have witnessed 72 cadaver donations, with more expected to occur. The rise in cases of organ donation is due to the improved awareness and excellent work of the coordinators and intensivists. This is the first time that Mumbai has witnessed so many organ donations.”
He added, “Mumbai ZTCC has witnessed the highest number of cadaver donations. The intensivist plays an important role in maintaining the donor and look after serious patients. There are the first ones who come to know about a brain-dead patient, they inform the organ transplant coordinators about such patients.”
The 71st organ donation in Mumbai occurred on Monday, November 04. The patient was a 67-year-old man who was admitted at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. He was subsequently declared brain-dead by doctors.
The relatives of the deceased were counselled by doctors and organ transplant coordinators. After which they gave their consent for organ donation. A liver, kidneys and skin was retrieved during the process. This helped in giving a new lease of life to three people.
Almost anyone, regardless of age, race or gender, can become an organ and tissue donor.