Mumbai witnessed its first cadaver donation of 2017 after family of a 72-year-old brain dead patient agreed to donate his organs on Tuesday. The Vasai resident had suffered severe head injury in a road accident on Sunday.
“The donor- Padmnabh Somayaji- had met with an accident on January 1 and was admitted to the Cardinal Gracious Hospital in Vasai. He had severe head injury and was in coma. He was not responding to the treatment too,” said a Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Committee (ZTCC) officer.
With Somaiya having pledged to donate his eyes, kidneys and liver when he was alive, the family expressed their desire to the hospital to fulfil his wish. The hospital then contacted ZTCC and transferred Somayaji to Wockhardt Hospital in Mira Road.
“He was in ICU of the Cardinal Gracious Hospital for a day and was in coma. Going ahead with the family’s request to donate his organs, he was shifted to our hospital as Cardinal Gracious Hospital did not have required facilities for organ retrieval. The first brain stem death test was done at their hospital before the transfer,” said Ravi Hirwani, head of Wockhardt hospital in Mira Road.
Since the corneas and kidneys were found to be unfit for the transplant, only liver was retrieved. The organ gave a new lease of life to an end stage liver patient in Global Hospital, Parel.
According to ZTCC, last year, the organ donation was highest in 4 years with 58 cadaver donations: 91 kidneys, 58 livers, 34 hearts and one lung were transplanted to several ill patients in 2016. The state too saw 132 organ donations out of which Nagpur and Aurangabad have together made 15 donations in 2016. Pune topped the list with 59 cadaver donation followed by Mumbai.
The ZTCC and the state government are now working together to boost cadaver donations in the state. ZTCC said they are now concentrating on boosting the role of non-transplant organ retrieval centres to increase brain dead patient notification.