A 74-year-old man from Mumbai who was suffering from kidney disease has given a new lease of life to two people after his family decided to donate his organs as he was declared brain dead. He was admitted to Global Hospital, Parel, as he sustained a fall at home. CT Brain done was suggestive of large intracranial bleed with intraventricular extension with midline shift and transtentorial herniation. An urgent neurosurgical reference was done and the family counselled regarding the condition of the patient. His family was counselled for organ donation and they unanimously consented to donate all the solid organs. Since the patient was on maintenance Hemodialysis, the Liver and Lungs could be retrieved and have given a fresh lease of life to 2 patients.
One organ donor can save the lives of eight people or more. The ones who are on an organ waiting list have end-stage organ disease that takes a toll on their quality of life and they may also end up losing their lives while being on the waiting list. The family members who bravely stepped up to serve the larger cause of humanity in these uncertain times are the true beacons of hope as their timely decision of donating organs has helped 2 patients in need of organs.
Dr Prashant Borade, Head- Critical Care Unit, Global Hospitals, Mumbai highlighted, “The patient sustained a fall at home and was brought by his relatives to the emergency. As he had a large intracranial bleed which was inoperable as per the neurosurgeon, we counselled the family regarding organ donation after 24 hours of observation. The family unanimously agreed to donate all the organs and the necessary tests were conducted. The liver and lungs were retrieved on 30th July 2020 and gave a fresh lease of life to 2 patients. We applaud the patient’s family members who came forward and donated his organs.”
Ms Disha, daughter of the patient said, “As my father himself was a Kidney Disease patient undergoing regular dialysis, we know what it feels like and understand how important it is. When we were counselled for organ donation, we agreed to do so without any hesitation. My father was a helpful person and always put others ahead of himself. We are sure that he would be happy with our decision of donating his organs and help save lives. It is a comfort to know he lives on through his recipients and we received tremendous satisfaction by knowing that our loss has resulted in again for someone else. I am proud of my father and urge everyone to get motivated by him and do the noble act of donating organs.”.”