KEM hosp wit­nesses rare ca­daver do­na­tion

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It’s a rare oc­ca­sion when a gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tal wit­nesses a ca­daver do­na­tion. But on Satur­day, KEM hos­pi­tal de­clared a 49- year- old woman as brain- dead af­ter she had met with a road ac­ci­dent and, af­ter con­sul­ta­tions with her rel­a­tives, her or­gans were do­nated lead­ing to four lives be­ing saved.

The doc­tors de­clared the pa­tient brain- dead af­ter she had spent two days at KEM hos­pi­tal. Her heart was then do­nated to a pa­tient at For­tis hos­pi­tal, her liver to one at Kok­i­l­aben Dhirub­hai Am­bani Hos­pi­tal ( KDAH), and kid­neys to a pa­tient each at KEM hos­pi­tal and Global hos­pi­tal.

The trend of ca­daver do­na­tions has al­ways been ir­reg­u­lar in the city. As per the Zonal Trans­plan­ta­tion Co- or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee ( ZTCC) in Mum­bai, in 2012, there were 27 do­na­tions, while in 2013, there were 24. In 2014, the city saw 41 do­na­tions that ben­e­fited 107 peo­ple. In 2015, there were 44 do­na­tions that helped 114 peo­ple. In 2016, till May, there have been 22 ca­daver do­na­tions.

Dr. Av­inash Supe, dean, KEM hos­pi­tal, said: “We had a case of ca­daver do­na­tion at our hos­pi­tal to­day. Shaila Shir­gaonkar, a 49- year- old lady, do­nated her or­gans. She was ad­mit­ted in our hos­pi­tal two days ago af­ter she met with a road ac­ci­dent and was later de­clared brain dead.”

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