Mumbai witnesses its first ever pancreas donation and transplant

A 16-year-old brain dead patient has become Mumbai’s first ever cadaver donor to donate a pancreas. Another cadaver donation took place on May 22. Taking Mumbai’s organ donation toll up to 37, so far this year

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The organ donation took place at MGM Hospital in Vashi, Navi Mumbai on Tuesday, May 21. The organs which were retrieved were heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and cornea.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vaibhav Bhosale, ZTCC coordinator for MGM Hospital, said, “The 16-year-old boy met with a road accident and was rushed to our hospital. He was declared as brain-dead on May 21. His father and brother were counselled on organ donation, but they were not willing to listen. They weren’t ready to accept that he had passed away. After some time had passed, they said yes and consented to donate his organs.”

Anirudh Kulkarni, ZTCC coordinator for Jupiter Hospital which received the pancreas, said, “The pancreas of the 16-year-old brain-dead boy was sent to Jupiter Hospital. The pancreas was transplanted on a 30-year-old woman.”

Kulkarni further added, “An organ donation took place on Wednesday, May 22 at our hospital. The cadaver donor was a 47-year-old woman who was a Thane resident. She had suffered from a brain haemorrhage and was subsequently declared as brain-dead. We took permission from the deceased person’s family for organ donation. They gave us their consent. In all, lungs, liver, kidneys, cornea, and skin were donated. The liver was sent to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, while the lungs were sent to Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, the kidneys were sent to Global Hospital in Parel.”

My Medical Mantra, Dr S K Mathur, Secretary General of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, Mumbai, said, “This is Mumbai’s first ever pancreas donation and transplant.”