Brain-dead 2-yr-old saves six lives

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Su­mi­tra.Deb Roy @times­group.com

Mum­bai: A Pune cou­ple, who came to the city to save their two-year-old son from a pro­gres­sive brain tu­mour, ended up do­nat­ing his or­gans on Sun­day af­ter he suf­fered brain death. Ivaan Prabhu is now the city’s youngest ca­daver donor in nearly two decades. He saved six lives, in­clud­ing that of a four-year-old boy, who could fi­nally un­dergo a liver trans­plant at Jupiter Hos­pi­tal in Thane.

The fam­ily con­sented to do­nate his heart, kid­neys, liver and corneas. His kid­neys were given to two pa­tients at Lilavati and Global Hos­pi­tals. A green cor­ri­dor was cre­ated from Bom­bay Hos­pi­tal, Ma­rine Lines, to the air­port to air­lift the heart to For­tis Hos­pi­tal, Chen­nai. His corneas were sent to Eye Bank Co­or­di­na­tion & Re­search Cen­tre in Parel.

Doc­tors at Bom­bay Hos­pi­tal, where the do­na­tion took place, said that the child’s par­ents ex­pressed the de­sire to do­nate his or­gan soon af­ter they were in­formed of his brain death. “Around 3pm on Fri­day, they were told that Ivaan was no more. Once his fa­ther, an IT en­gi­neer, came to terms with it, his next de­ci­sion was to do­nate his or­gans,” said Ru­pal Karnik, a fam­ily friend of the Prab­hus. She said the cou­ple, who used to live in Mu­lund ear­lier, didn’t wish to be iden­ti­fied.

The fam­ily had learnt about the tu­mour only a month ago. Af­ter con­sult­ing sev­eral physi­cians in Pune, they de­cided to see ex­perts in Mum­bai. He was ad­mit­ted on Fe­bru­ary 4 and a surgery was done a day later. “He re­gained con­scious­ness, but per­haps destiny had other plans,” said Karnik. Ivaan’s re­mains were taken to Pune for the last rites.

The do­na­tion fa­cil­i­tated the city’s 11th or­gan do­na­tion. It also gave mo­men­tum to the pro­gramme at Bom­bay Hos­pi­tal that had not seen a do­na­tion in few years. The hos­pi­tal roped in their former trans­plant co­or­di­na­tor Amol Kadam and Jupiter’s co­or­di­na­tor Anirud­dha Kulka­rni to fa­cil­i­tate the pa­per­work. Physi­cian Dr Gau­tam Bhansali said such bold de­ci­sion by fam­i­lies would go a long way in mo­ti­vat­ing oth­ers to do­nate.

Mean­while, Karnik, said that the pro­cesses around or­gan do­na­tion need a relook. “Ivaan’s fa­ther had in­formed the hos­pi­tal about his de­ci­sion to do­nate or­gans on Fri­day, how­ever, it took nearly 24 hours for things to move,” she said.

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