Kidney transplants in the city are not a new happening and Sion Hospital and LTMG Medical college are considered to be the foremost hospitals to start a kidney transplant programme in Mumbai. Now Sion Hospital, after a short break, has re-started with its programme.
“Sion Hospital has been very active with this kidney transplant programme. In between, there were certain problems due to which the programme was shortly defunct. However, we have restarted the programme for a year now. Today, we performed our third transplant. All of this is possible because of the support that we get from the social workers as well as the team at the hospital,” said Dr Bharat Shah, a nephrologist at Sion Hospital and Director of Institute of Renal Sciences, Global Hospital.
While it is known that counselling is very important when we talk about organ donations, social workers at the hospital, also perform their useful bit for the same.
“With time, we do see more and more families accepting the idea of organ donations wholeheartedly. However, we have to counsel them a little more when it comes when it is about live donations of kidney among family members. That will be of great help for people,” said Bharati Mahendra Sanghoi, a Medical counselor and social worker at Sion hospital.
Also with time, other organ’s transplantation may also be quite possible, hint experts. “We were probably the first in the city to start with this programme in 1995. It has been a really promising journey for us. We also do have a liver transplant team that’s very keen on starting such a programme soon,” said Dr Jayshree Mondkar, acting Dean at Sion Hospital.