Fourth organ retrieval witnessed at AVBRH, Sawangi (Meghe)
19 Jun, 2018

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The rising awareness about organ donation is a welcome development and it is giving the gift of life to many. With effective counselling of the family members, people are giving consent to donate organs of their ailing kin. In an addition to this welcome change, a family from small village Dhanodi Bahaddurpur in Wardha district came forward to donate organs of its member, late Sunil Sheram. As he passed away from the world, Sunil gave life to three persons and eyesight to two more. His liver, kidneys and corneas were retrieved and taken to Nagpur through Green Corridor.

This was the fourth organ retrieval witnessed at Acharya Vinoba Bhave Rural Hospital (AVBRH), Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha.

The 33-year-old Sunil Shankar Sheram had met with an accident on June 3, 2018 and was brought to AVBRH, Sawangi Meghe. The treating Neurosurgeon Dr Sandeep Iretwar and Intensivist Dr Hemant Deshpande, after examination, declared Sunil brain-dead and informed the relatives accordingly. The doctors at AVBRH tried to counsel the relatives. The family, though from a very humble background, readily agreed for organ donation.

This was was informed to Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Committee President Dr Vibhavari Dani, Secretary Dr Ravi Wankhede, Vice-President Dr Viresh Gupta completed the necessary formalities which was coordinated by Nagpur Zone co-ordinator Veena Wathore. Accordingly, the organs were allocated to patients as per ZTCC wait list.

Consent was received for heart and lungs. The recipients were searched at state, regional and National level (NOTTO), but because of logistic reasons could not retrieve these organs.

The team at AVBRH retrieved liver, two kidneys and corneas which were harvested and taken to Nagpur via Green Corridor from Wardha to Nagpur. A kidney was transplanted at AVBRH itself while the liver was taken to Wockhardt Hospital, Nagpur and the other kidney was sent to Orange City Hospital, Nagpur.

The surgery started at 2:45 pm and lasted for four hours. The Green Corridor was arranged by Wardha district police at 6.30 pm. The entire exercise was carried out under the guidance of Trustee of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences Sagar Meghe; Vice-Chancellor of DMIMS (DU) Dr Rajiv Borle, CEO of the Hospitals Dr Sandeep Shrivastava and OSD Abhyuday Meghe, Ganesh Kharode, CA.

Team of Anesthetists and intensivits led by Dr Hemant Deshpande and Dr Amol Singham and Dr Shivani assisted the surgery. Dr Rupali Naik, Transplant Co-ordinator, Rajesh Sawwalakhe, AO, Ahmindra Jain, Gauri Mane, Madhuri Dhore, Nilima Khonde, Chhaya Javade, Seema Kosalkar and team with their nursing team and Vijay Khaire with his team helped in success of the procedure.

The team of doctors from Wockhardt Hospital, who carriedout liver transplant includes Dr Gurav Gupta - Liver Transplant surgeon from Mumbai, Dr Anurag Shrimal, Dr Anjali Patki, Dr Saurabh Kamat, Dr Dinesh Zirpe. Transplant co-ordinator was Dr Vikas Chaudhari and Dr Bhavna Methwani. Dr Yash Deshmukh, Dr S J Acharya from Orange City Hospital harvested the kidneys. Kidney transplant coordinator was Manjiri Damle. Another team led by urologists Dr Sanjay Kolte, Dr Abhijeet Dhale, Dr Jay Dharmashi, Dr Manish Balwani; Dr. Amol Bawane, Nephrologist; Dr Amol Singham, Anaesthesiologist transplanted the harvested kidney at AVBRH.

Dr Anunay Kumar, Dr Piyush Jamdade, Dr Chandranshu, Dr Abhishek Gupta and Dr Aditya Borgaonkar assisted the team for retrieval and transplantation. A team of opthalmologists comprising Dr Sachin Daigavhane, Dr Nilam Kalbande, Dr Sana Beg, Dr Vandana Panjawani, Dr Rajeev Pardesani harvested the corneas.

The hospital administration is thankful to the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Wardha district Nirmaladevi and Nagpur traffic police for providing the green corridor.

The Civil Surgeon of Wardha Dr P Madavi and ZTCC authorities for this cadaveric organ donation exercise.

First liver transplant at Wockhardt

The liver of Sunil Sheram was retrieved at AVBRH and the first liver transplant surgery was performed on 45-year-old woman from Mumbai at Wockhardt Hospital. The liver transplant programme was inaugurated last month at Wockhardt Hopsitals.

Dr Gaurav Gupta, Liver Transplant Surgeon, Dr Anurag Shrimal, Liver transplant Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospitals, Anaesthetists Dr Anjali Patki, Dr Sourabh Kamat, Dr Swanand Melag, other doctors Dr Dinesh and Dr Amit Gupte took part in the procedure. Donor surgery lasted for 3 hours.

Center Head of Wockhardt, K Sujatha said that the hospital had the required infrastructure and operation theater facilities to conduct the transplants. "We have the best of liver transplant surgeons from our Mumbai Hospital who performed the transplant here in Nagpur," she said.

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