Organ donation: 46-year-old brain dead man helps save three lives

Mumbai: After a 46-year-old man from Kandivali was declared brain-dead on March 20, by his doctors at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH), his family decided to keep him ‘alive’ by donating his organs to those in need.

This kind gesture of the deceased family saved the lives of three-organ failure patients after they received the man’s liver and kidneys. This is the 27th cadaver donation in 2019.

KDAH transplant coordinator said, the patient was suffering from rheumatic heart disease and had undergone a mitral valve replacement surgery in 2007. He was later on anticoagulant medication. His condition deteriorated on March 20.

“The patient had a series of strokes at home and was immediately rushed to the emergency department of the hospital. We had also performed an MRI which revealed he suffered from a brain haemorrhage and the interventional radiologist immediately performed a surgery for which the family gave their permission,” she added.

This surgery entailed risk, which the family was aware of, but agreed to go ahead as a last effort to revive the patriarch. After the surgery, his condition began deteriorating within 24 hours and on March 21, he was declared brain-dead by his doctor.

The family was keen on keeping his memory alive and also help any other in need of an organ. “The family gave their consent immediately for donating his organs in order to save the lives of other needy patient. They believe, it is another way of keeping their loved one alive,” said the doctor.

A coordinator from the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Mumbai said, the patient had suffered from comorbidity, which includes brain haemorrhage. “We retrieved his liver and kidneys and sent them to other hospitals in the city. The organ distribution was done as per ZTCC guidelines,” said the coordinator.

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