Shah family from Surat was struck by tragedy on September 2 when their 14-month old son Somnath Shah slipped and fell down the stairs while playing with his four-year-old sister. He was rushed to a private hospital but was advised to take him to the New Civil Hospital. A city scan revealed that the toddler has undergone multiple fractures and a brain hemorrhage. The next day he was declared brain dead.
The hospital contacted Donate Life, a Surat-based NGO, to convince the parents to donate their son’s organs. The family showed courage to rise above the loss of the son’s life and donate his organs giving a new lease of life to two children. And then started the process. His kidneys were harvested at the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) and were transplanted to a 15-year-old boy from Ahmedabad who was suffering from acute renal failure and was on dialysis for 10 years.
A green corridor was created and his heart was transported to Fortis Hospital in Mulund, which reached in one hour 25 minutes. The recipient of the heart is a three-and-a-half-year-old Aaradhya Mule from Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai. Aaradhya was suffering from a rare heart disease known as dilated cardiomyopathy and was on the waiting list since August 2016. Finding a small heart for transplant was a task, a social media campaign called ‘Save Aaradhya’ had been running for the past few months and with the transplant, she can now live a healthy life. Once the last rites of Somnath are performed his parents wish to visit Aaradhya in Mumbai.
Besides this, Fortis Hospital performed another heart transplant on the same day. 45-year-old Tara Pawar from Karjat was admitted to the state-run JJ Hospital due to brain stroke. Her husband decided to donate her organs. JJ Hospital performed its first cadaveric kidney transplant. Her liver was transplanted into a patient at Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai. Her heart was transported to Fortis through a green corridor from Byculla within 23 minutes and was given to a 38-year-old patient from Kharghar. This is the second organ donation carried out by JJ Hospital and 39th this year in the city. With two heart transplants on the same day, Fortis Hospital has crossed the 50-transplant mark, the most carried out in any Mumbai hospital.