Mumbai: Brain-dead woman gives new lease of life to patients

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 12:20 AM IST
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Mumbai: The 31st cadaver donor is a 47-year-old woman who was declared brain-dead by doctors at Lifeline Hospital, Thane, on March 31. The family donated her liver and cornea.

Anirudh Kulkarni, the hospital transplant coordinator said, the patient had suffered a stroke and fell at home, due to which she was admitted to the Lifeline Hospital in Thane, on March 29. “We had also performed a CT scan which revealed, she had suffered a stroke and there was immediate need of a surgery and the family gave their consent,” said Kulkarni.

The patient was admitted to the intensive critical care unit (ICCU) but later her condition deteriorated. “The nephrologist had started the treatment, but she was declared as brain-stem dead on March 31.

Later the family shifted the deceased to Jupiter Hospital, were the organ donation procedure was completed and the family members were also counselled about cadaver donation,” said Kulkarni.

The surgery was fraught with risk, which the family was aware of but wanted to try their best to revive the matriarch. After she died, the family immediately consented to donate her liver and corneas. “We retrieved her liver and corneas, but could not retrieve her heart and kidney, as they were unfit for a transplant.

Her creatinine levels were high and that poses a problem. The organ distribution was done as per ZTCC guidelines,” said a coordinator from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Mumbai. Kulkarni further said, “Her liver has been kept at the Jupiter Hospital, while the corneas were donated to Sahiyara Eye Bank in Thane.”

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