Organ donation: ‘Every cadaver donation, motivates me to go forward’

Navratri may have ended, but we are continuing our series on organ transplant coordinators whose work has helped change the lives of others. Today’s transplant coordinator didn’t know that she was going to be doing this job, this responsibility was suddenly thrust upon her but she readily accepted the challenge. She has seen some difficult cases, but she has not let anything affect her resilient spirit

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An organ transplant coordinator has to remain on their toes. Their mind needs to be alert. For them, every day poses a new challenge. They know their task is not so easy, but the confidence which beams from them, suggests that it is not difficult either. They give their best through a selfless gesture to help save a life.

Meet Priti Jain, a 40-year-old woman from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Priti works as an organ transplant coordinator with Alexis Hospital. She has been associated with the hospital administration since the past 15 years.

Priti who took over the responsibility as an organ transplant coordinator accidently, says, “I knew about eye and kidney donation. But, the knowledge which I had was not in-depth. I used to witness my colleagues counselling patient’s relatives. One day, I was entrusted to do the job, by accident. I was a bit reluctant at first. But, then went ahead and accepted the challenge.”

While narrating her first experience, she recalled, “Even today, I clearly remember what happened on that fateful day. The incidence, when I had done counselling of a brain-dead donor family for the first time, unfolds in front of my eyes. My seniors weren’t with me, I was all alone. But, the family I was speaking to were really good. When I approached them and explained the procedure, they said YES! I couldn’t express my happiness in words, when that happened.”

“The procedure went on, and I decided, this is my career and the path on which I want to walk for the rest of the life,” Priti further added.

Priti has been doing counselling work since 2011, and over the past eight years, she has counselled 35 patients.

“Every day is a new beginning. You won’t be successful every time. Failure is a part of life, but we should not lose hope. Every donation, in which I am a small part of, motivates me to go forward,” says Priti.

On being asked which moment she will remember for her rest of the life. Priti informed, “I was once counselling a woman, whose husband was declared brain-dead by doctors. When I approached her, she asked, instead of donation the organs of my husband, why can’t you transplant someone’s brain onto my husband? Is there no system in place to transplant a brain?”

She stated that the question shattered her from within. But, I knew, I can’t lose hope. And, finally, after speaking and convincing her the lady said yes for the donation.

Counselling the family of a brain-dead donor is a difficult task, as the family is going through a lot at that time. And the coordinator has to deal with their anger and emotions.

“The family is always keen to know the recipient of the organs. We are not supposed to disclose this information. So, we tell the family, wherever your loved ones are, a part of them is still alive and they have given a new life to someone,” concluded Priti.