Brain-dead youth’s family donates kidneys to 2 patients
16 Jan, 2015

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Two persons, a 35-year-old woman and a man of almost the same age, got a new lease of life on Wednesday morning when two cadaveric (from organs of a brain-dead person) kidney transplants were performed at the Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) and Wockhardt Hospital. This was OCHRI's second cadaveric transplant and the first for Wockhardt.

This became possible only when the parents and brother of 25-year-old Abhishekh Nakhate, a city engineer working in Aurangabad, decided to donate his kidneys and eyes to honour his wishes. "My brother had not committed anywhere on paper about organ donation. But he had expressed his desire many times during family conversations. So, when he was declared brain-dead at the Meditrina Hospital, my parents Dilip and Sangita and me decided to donate his organs. He will continue to live on in four people," said 21-year-old Anurag Nakhate, Abhishekh's younger brother.

Abhishekh had been first taken to a hospital in Aurangabad and then shifted to Nagpur after he slipped in the wash room and fell unconscious.

Dr Anup Marar, OCHRI medical director, told TOI that it was for the first time that a coordinated effort made in very little time made it possible for two kidney transplants to be performed simultaneously in two different hospitals. It is also the first intercity transplant.

Dr S Acharya, OCHRI's transplant adviser, and transplant coordinator Manjari Damle played a major role in bringing together all stakeholders, police (it being a medico-legal case), the zonal transplant coordination committee (ZTCC), forensic experts and teams of the two hospitals. "It is really heartening to see that more people are coming forward to donate organs on their own. This is a very positive sign for the city transplantation programme," Dr Acharya said.

From Wockhardt Hospital, Dr Sanjay Kolte led the transplant procedure. He said it was for the first time that the organs harvested in a hospital were transported to another hospital for the procedure. "This was possible since Wockhardt had the proper equipment for storage and perfusion (keeping the organ alive in a solution during transportation)."

The OCHRI transplantation team comprised of Dr Rajesh Soni, Dr Sandeep Deshmukh, Dr Dhananjay Bokare, Dr Rohit Gupta, Dr Kavita Dhurvey, Dr Smita Harkare, Dr Anita Pande, Dr Swapna Bhure, Dr Pallavi Bhange and intensivists Dr Nikhil Balankhe and Dr Rajest Atal.

The Wockhardt team, besides Dr Kolte, consisted of Dr Sameer Chaubey, Dr Jitendra Hazra, Dr Surajit Hazra and Dr Sunita Joglekar.

Dr Ravi Wankhede, ZTCC member and the MOHAN foundation representative from city, who is working hard for cadaver organ donation promotion deserves special mention as he coordinated the entire process from Tuesday night till the transplantation was done. Dean of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Dr A Niswade, GMCH forensic associate professor Makarand Vywahare and Dr Anindo Mukherjee along with Dhantoli police station PI in charge Rajan Mane too helped the process to go ahead smoothly.

Friday, January 16, 2015. Source: Times of India

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