Brain-dead patient's organ donation gives new life to multiple recipients

Friday, October 13, 2023
brain-dead patient

In a compassionate act of generosity, a 35-year-old individual, Rangaswami (name changed), who was declared brain dead at SPARSH Hospital, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, has provided a fresh chance at life to several people. The patient's family consented to donate his organs to those in dire need, a noble gesture that exemplifies the essence of humanity. The patient's attendants agreed to donate his liver, two kidneys, lungs, heart, skin, and corneas. The liver found its way to a recipient at SPARSH Rajarajeshwari Nagar, while the kidneys were allocated to N U Hospital and Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Hospital. The heart was transplanted at Aster CMI, the skin at Victoria Hospital, and the corneas at Narayana Nethralaya, facilitated by Jeevasarthakathe.

Donor's heart was given to a 61-year-old patient, who was brought into Aster CMI hospital with a history of heart failure. He was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and advanced heart failure six months ago. Post-evaluation, the patient was advised for a heart transplant.  The heart was transported on tuesday early morning from Sparsh Hospital, RR Nagar to Aster CMI Hospital, Hebbal. The team transporting the organ covered a distance of 24 km in a span of 35 minutes, which happened around 5:00 a.m. 

The heart retrieval and transplant procedure was performed by a team led by Prof. Dr. Nagamalesh U M, Lead Consultant - Cardiology, Interventional Cardiologist, Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore and Director - Heart Failure, Transplant & MCS Program, Aster Hospitals, Bangalore along with Dr. Ganesh Krishnan Iyer, Lead Consultant – CTVS Surgery, Dr. Divakar Bhat, Dr. Arul Dominic Furtado, Dr. Prashanth Ramamurthy and Dr. Prashanth Y M.

This remarkable act of organ donation was initiated after the patient, a painter, had a tragic accident on October 6, around 10:30 pm, while riding a two-wheeler near Jambu Savari Dinne, resulting in a severe head injury. He received initial medical care at the nearest hospital and was subsequently transferred to SPARSH Hospital, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, on October 7 for advanced treatment. Tragically, he was declared brain dead on the evening of October 9, leading his family to decide that donating his organs was the appropriate course of action, ultimately saving multiple lives.

Mr. Joseph Pasangha, Group Chief Operating Officer at SPARSH Hospital, lauded the family for their exceptional act of kindness, emphasizing the profound impact of organ donation. The process of organ harvesting and transplantation serves as a meaningful bridge between one family's grief and another's hope. The family's selfless decision to donate organs amidst their own loss stands as a testament to their unwavering spirit, offering hope to those facing critical health challenges.

The patient is survived by his wife and eight-year-old child.




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