MUMBAI: The 172-year-old JJ Hospital in Byculla made its first ever contribution to the city’s cadaver donation programme on Sunday.
The donor was an accident victim from Jalgaon Sangeeta Mahajan (38), whose family gave their consent after several rounds of counseling by JJ doctors as well as dean Dr TP Lahane over the last two days. The final approval from the family came after an appearance from the officer special duty of medical education department Rameshwar Naik, who too hails from Jalgaon. Only the donor’s liver and eyes could be harvested to give a new lease of life to two.
Dr Lahane said it was a big moment for the hospital. “Organ donation in a public set-up is always challenging as a majority of patients lack awareness. In JJ, 70% of our patients come from rural Maharashtra, unlike municipal hospitals where most of the patients are from the city or the periphery,” he said. He added the programme would be intensified as the state has put a lot of impetus on boosting donations. Barring Mumbai and Pune, most other districts like Aurangabad and Nagpur are taking baby steps in organ donation.
Mahajan, who also became the city’s 33rd cadaver donor this year, was brought to the Byculla hospital for advanced management on Thursday. She had suffered a serious head injury after being hit by a two-wheeler in Jalgaon. After her condition showed no improvement, the JJ doctors spoke to the family about the possibility of organ donation. “But, since she was on ventilator, the family members thought she would live,” Lahane said. They were convinced of the brain death only after a brain EEG report with a flat line was shown.
The brain death certification took place early on Sunday following which Thane’s Jupiter Hospital doctors harvested her liver. The organ was transplanted into a 56-year-old man from Barshi in Solapur. JJ preserved the corneas. The other solid organs such as kidneys and heart were not fit for donation.
Source: Times Of India