One may call it a tragic reality and also a proud moment for the medical fraternity, at the same time, as on this part Nagpur city celebrates its first-ever lung retrieval, and on the other, we could not transport an ‘alive heart’ due to the logistic reasons and time constraint.
Veena Vathore, coordinator of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) told that an alert for the heart was sent to the national portal. “We tried hard, but could not arrange the logistics on time. It was sad because the family of the donor had the wish to donate only the heart. But the heart has to be transplanted within the time span of 4 hours. Except for the heart, we managed to transplant dual lungs, two kidneys, and a liver.”
Natthuji Akhaduji Wanjari, a 58-year-old man, was declared brain-dead by doctors. He was being treated for a stroke. His wife and children consented to donate his organs. Through this human act, the brain-dead donor saved the life of four persons who were waitlisted for an organ transplant. The organ donation took place at New Era Hospital.
Along with the lungs, the family of the deceased donor agreed to donate the kidneys and liver. This was the 57th organ donation in Nagpur City.
Natthuji Wanjari, Telegram Technician of BSNL was admitted with complaints of arm pain, vomiting, and profuse sweating on Sept. 17 at Seven Star hospital, Jagnade Square, Nagpur. He was diagnosed to have an ischaemic stroke.
The team of doctors treated him but his condition deteriorated and required ventilator support. Once the patient was declared brain dead, Dr. Sandeep Nagmote, counseled the patient’s relatives about organ donation. They readily agreed to give written consent.
For organ donation, the patient was shifted to a nearby transplant center, New era Hospital. Since the viability of the lungs was just 4 hours a special green corridor was created. Lungs, two kidneys, and a liver were donated.
The lungs were sent to Global Hospitals in Mumbai where they were transplanted on a 38-year-old female. While one kidney was transplanted on a patient at New Era Hospital, Nagpur. The other kidney was transplanted on a patient a Wockhardt Hospital in Nagpur. While the liver was sent to a hospital in the state of Chhattisgarh and transplanted on a 54-year-old man at New Era Hospital.
Veena Vathore informed that lungs were donated according to the ‘Super Urgent’ list. “It is the list based on the emergency medical condition of the patient. It is updated every 48 hours looking to the need.”
Besides, the guidance was provided by Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre-(ZTCC), Nagpur President – Dr. Vibhavari Dani, Secretary – Dr. Ravi Wankhede. Kidney Liver & Subcommittee Chairperson Dr. V. L. Gupta and Dr. Vijendra Kirnake, Retrieval and Transplantation were coordinated by Nagpur Zone coordinator Veena Wathore.
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