An ayaah attached with a South Mumbai private hospital became the hope for improving life of four others after her family donated her heart, kidneys, liver, skin and cornea after she passed away due to brain-stem death.
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Sondharva Meena Bhanji (44) who worked at Jaslok Hospital, travelled from her home in Lower Parel to Pedder Road every day to look after patients until she suffered an intracranial bleeding that led to haemorrhage.
On Monday, she was admitted to Jaslok Hospital for treatment but declared brain dead by doctors the next day. Also referred to as “mausi” in the hospital for over 15 years, the 44-year-old has given a fresh lease of life to at least four others and aided in surgeries of several burn victims. Her family was counselled about organ donation after which they agreed to donate as many organs as possible.
Bhanji’s heart was transferred through a green corridor within 24 minutes to Fortis Hospital in Mulund. A 46-year-old woman from Andheri was waitlisted for a heart for a month due to a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.
According to Dr Anvay Mulay, chief of cardiac transplant team, the transplant was successful on Wednesday. “The patient will be kept under observation for further 48 hours,” he said.
Bhanji’s kidney was transplanted into another patient at Jaslok Hospital, while the liver was transferred to Global Hospital. Her skin was donated to National Burns Centre in Airoli for treatment of burn victims and her cornea was donated to Bachauli Eye Hospital in Parel.