It was a tragic Dussehra for the widowed mother of a 23-year-old man, who was declared brain-dead after a road accident at Narayangaon on October 6. The mother, however, gave her consent to donate her son’s organs, which, in turn, saved five lives.
Declared brain-dead at Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital, the man’s heart was transplanted into another 23-year-old man suffering from a cardiac ailment.
Aarti Gokhale, chief coordinator of the Pune unit of Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), said this was the Pune ZTCC’s 50th organ donation.
The ZTCC plays a key role in maintaining the register of availability of organs and among its aims is to promote deceased donor (cadaver) transplant and to reach out to needy recipients on the waiting list through fair distribution of organs.
In this case, the 23-year-old man was working as a driver after his father’s death a couple of years ago. He has three sisters. The accident took place on October 6, following which he was admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital, where he was declared brain-dead on October 8.
The mother gave her consent to donate his organs, including the heart, which was sent to Ruby Hall Clinic, kidney to Sahyadri hospital at Nagar Road, liver, another kidney and pancreas to Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital. His lungs were sent to ZTCC Mumbai, Gokhale said.
ZTCC Pune data shows that since January, 91 brain stem death donors have been identified. While relatives of 57 brain stem death donors gave their consent, organs were retrieved from 50.
Gokhale said a total of 148 organs were retrieved, including 79 kidneys, 50 livers, 12 hearts, three pairs of lungs and four pancreas. “A total of 145 organs were transplanted,” Gokhale said.