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Mumbai has hit its half-century when it comes to the number of cadaver donation recorded this year. With this feat, it has already crossed last year’s mark. This goes to show that awareness regarding organ donation is increasing in the city and day-by-day more people are becoming aware of the vital importance of organ donation.

As awareness about the organ donation process is steadily on the rise, more family members are coming ahead themselves to give consent. As it was recently cadaver donation in Navi Mumbai shows

On June 28, Ajay Khainur, a 33-year-old man from Raigad, had an accident at his workplace and was severely injured. He was found to have multiple injuries and brain oedema (swelling).

He was rushed to a local hospital, for further clinical management he was shifted to Apollo Hospitals in a critical condition. He had an episode of convulsion followed by which he developed irreversible brain damage. Despite efforts, he didn’t respond to the treatment.

As per the protocols, the patient was declared brain dead on July 5, 2019. He is survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter.

The family was educated about the organ donation and they agreed to donate the organs.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Santish Manjunath, a spokesperson of Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, “The brain-dead organ donor was a worker at a company which made generators. He had an accident at work on June 28 and was rushed to the hospital. He was declared as brain-dead on July 05. His family was aware of organ donation, and his wife came forward and took the decision to donate his organs.”

He added, “What was unique about this case was that there was no recipient for a heart transplant in Mumbai. So a green corridor was specially organised to transport the heart to Chennai.”

The liver and kidney were transplanted on patients at Apollo Hospitals. The other kidney was donated to a patient at Fortis Hospital, Vashi.

As there were no suitable recipients for the heart in Mumbai, through ZTCC & NOTTO a matching recipient was found in Chennai.

A Green Corridor was created today from Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai to the Airport. A distance of 38 kms was covered in 40 minutes.

The officials of the Zonal Transplant Cordination Centre (ZTCC) regularly conducts awareness drives in the city. The Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 (THOA) will be completing its silver jubilee on Monday, July 08. On this occasion, the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), is conducting a campaign to collect the maximum number of pledges to donate organs and tissues on this day.

For this, the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) and State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation have appealed people to visit the NOTTO website and fill in the pledge form to register for organ donation.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr S K Mathur, President of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, Mumbai, said, “In comparison to last year, we have reached our target in six months. This is a successful feat which we have pulled off. In Mumbai and Maharashtra, the number of organ donors are rising. When we look at all other states in India, Maharashtra ranks first in cadaver donors.”

He added, “I salute Mumbaikars for providing us assistance in this initiative. The ZTCC coordinator and hospital administrators have played a pivotal role in this. The percentage of organ donors is on the rise this is something to cheer about.”

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