Gauri Rane, 21, who lives in Kandivali, has overcome hardships. On October 10, she underwent a liver transplant surgery. But one year before the transplant was difficult for her. After which, she underwent a liver transplant.
Organ transplant is often the last resort for those at the last stage of organ disease. Be it the heart, lungs, kidneys or the liver; an organ recipient on the wait list, and his family, wait with bated breath until the telephone rings informing them that a perfect match donor has been identified. The long journey to receive an organ sometimes makes recipients mentally vulnerable, discouraged, and often feeling like a burden upon their loved ones. Patients on the wait list have no idea when a donor organ will be available, and on occasions, they have to wait for weeks or even years.
Now, Gauri has decided to create awareness regarding organ donation. For this, she is also planning to work with an NGO. Gauri said, “As soon as the doctors informed me about my liver failure, I thought everything has come to an end. I got 34-year-old brain-dead woman’s liver due to which I got a new lease of life.”
Satish Rane, Gauri’s father informed, “She suffered from stomach ache and in the year 2010, the pain was unbearable for her. In which, liver problem was diagnosed after which all the tests were done. We had registered in ZTCC. Along with us, many patients were waiting for liver transplantation in the hospital. But, we were lucky as Gauri got a liver within a year due to which she survived.”
Dr Vikram Raut, liver transplant surgeon, Apollo Navi Mumbai, said, “Due to liver cirrhosis, Gauri was taking treatment since a year. But, her condition worsened and liver transplantation was the only option. Her mother had diabetes due to which she couldn’t give her liver. Her life was saved after she got the brain-dead woman’s liver. Now, she is absolutely fine. She will have to take medications throughout her life.”