In a first for Maha, Chem­bur fam­ily do­nates rel­a­tive’s bones

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Priyanka Vora priyanka.vora@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The fam­ily of a Chem­bur res­i­dent who was de­clared brain dead agreed to do­nate all his or­gans and his hip and rib bones too, mark­ing Maharashtra’s first ca­daver bone do­na­tion.

Do­nated bones are usu­ally used for or­thopaedic surg­eries and den­tal pro­ce­dures.

The 64-year-old donor Vi­nayak Mhaske’s or­gans were re­trieved at Sion Hos­pi­tal af­ter the fam­ily came for­ward. “I had read about ca­daver do­na­tions. So when the doc­tors told us he was brain dead, I asked the fam­ily if they were will­ing to do­nate,” said Ut­tam Am­bore, Mhaske’s son-in-law.

Mhaske was ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in Chem­bur af­ter he fell un­con­scious on Fe­bru­ary 11. Af­ter treat­ing him for a week, doc­tors de­clared him brain dead.

“The Chem­bur hos­pi­tal is not recog­nised to re­trieve or­gans, so the fam­ily al­lowed us to shift the donor to Sion Hos­pi­tal,” said an of­fi­cial from the Zonal Trans­plant Co­or­di­na­tion Com­mit­tee ( ZTCC), the govern­ment agency that al­lo­cates or­gans.

Mhaske’s liver was do­nated to a 65-year-old woman in Thane’s Jupiter Hos­pi­tal. His kid­neys were trans­planted to two men — a 26-year-old in Sion Hos­pi­tal and a 35-year-old ad­mit­ted at Jaslok Hos­pi­tal. His corneas were do­nated to Sion Hos­pi­tal.

“This is the first time we have re­ceived bones from a donor. Bones, like corneas, can be do­nated even af­ter car­diac death,” said Bharat Solanki, the trans­plant co­or­di­na­tor at the Tata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre at Parel, which has a bone and tis­sue bank.

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