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MUMBAI: As the city soaked in Diwali and new year festivities last week, two families quietly donated the organs of their loves ones giving six people a new lease of life. With these, the total number of cadaver donations for the year touched 49, inching closer to last year’s record number of 58.
Thane resident Geeta Sonawane (46) was in the midst of Diwali preparations on Wednesday when she complained of an excruciating headache. Her daughter Pranjal, a physiotherapist, recalled how her mother had spoken to relatives 30 minutes prior. “She went to bed thinking it would relieve her of the headache, but she went into a coma, never to return,” the daughter said.
Sonawane was a known case of hypertension and had been on medicines since the past eight years. She was rushed to the Jupiter Hospital, where doctors declared her brain dead. The family was well aware of brain death and the noble idea behind donating organs. “We didn’t want to waste her organs. We knew that it could save at least 2-3 lives,” said Pranjal. Her decision was supported by her father and brother.
Aniruddha Kulkarni, transplant coordinator of Jupiter, said that Sonawane’s liver and two kidneys could be harvested. The liver was given to a 59-year-old man at Shirur, Pune, while one of her kidneys was transplanted into a 51-year-old Andheri resident. The other kidney was allotted to Jaslok Hospital by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC).
Not too far away, a family in Kamothe was going through the same anxiety and emotional turmoil. Pranav Tayade woke up on October 11 to find his mother Kirti (51) lying on the floor in an unconscious position. He sprayed water on her face but she didn’t respond. As suggested by a friend, he also made his mother inhale a diced onion, but that too didn’t do anything. When his mother’s pupils didn’t move despite him flashing his mobile light, he knew it was serious.
“We took her to a local hospital and shifted her to MGM Hospital after a few days. Here the doctors diagnosed that her veins had ruptured and there was massive bleeding inside her brain. She was also operated upon but her condition didn’t improve. Towards the end we shifted her to Apollo Hospital, Nerul, where she was declared brain dead on Saturday,” said the donor’s son, a budding lawyer. After initial apprehensions, the family decided to donate her organs. Both her kidneys and heart could be harvested. The heart saved the life of a 50-year-old woman, a teacher in a civic institution, who was operated upon at Fortis Hospital, Mulund. With steady contributions from Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad, the state’s overall cadaver donation count for the year exceeded 100 recently.