By writer to www.hindustantimes.com
Within the first 10 months of the yr, Mumbai has matched up the organ donations performed final yr and is prone to report extra donations within the final two months. Whereas the numbers are a lot decrease than the pre-pandemic part, medical consultants mentioned that the development will enhance as hospitals have totally resumed non-Covid work.
Organ donations within the metropolis had reached an all-time excessive of 79 in 2019. The programme was hit badly the next yr owing to the pandemic as solely 30 donations had taken place within the metropolis. This yr, 30 donations have been recorded until October 19.
“After the pandemic hit in 2020, we might resume organ donation work solely in June this yr,” mentioned Dr SK Mathur, president of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC). “As Covid-19 circumstances went down and intensive care models (ICUs) grew to become out there, the donations and transplant started slowly. We hope to do higher than final yr. We nonetheless have two extra months to go,” he mentioned.
Non-Covid sufferers didn’t go to hospitals both because of the lockdown or amid the worry of the contracting the an infection. Docs mentioned that a lot of deaths occurred at residence, which additionally diminished the opportunity of organ donations. An in depth protocol was issued by Maharashtra’s Directorate of Well being Providers (DHS) for hospitals to re-start organ donations and transplants, conserving security protocol in thoughts.
“Not simply Mumbai, organ donations have slowly picked up throughout Maharashtra,” mentioned Dr Mathur, including that 75 donations have been recorded within the state to this point, which is identical quantity that was recorded in the entire of 2020.
Dr Akash Shukla, joint director, Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO), mentioned the donations are prone to decide up within the coming days.
“When the Covid-19 circumstances had been raging, numerous sufferers couldn’t attain hospitals and the main focus of intensivists was on Covid-related work. However with extra vaccinations and security protocol in place, the organ donations will decide up subsequent yr,” he mentioned.
Plastic surgeon Dr Nilesh Satbhai from International Hospital in Parel mentioned extra consciousness is required in Maharashtra. Referring to 3 hand transplant procedures he has carried out this yr, Dr Satbhai mentioned that the donors had been from Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
“I hope that Maharashtra takes the lead in donations quickly,” he mentioned.
Mumbai’s fourth hand transplant affected person secure
A 32-year-old accountant primarily based in Pune, who’s the newest to bear a bilateral hand transplant process in Mumbai, is now in a secure situation. The affected person, Prakash Shelar, had suffered extreme electrical burns in 2019, following which his higher and decrease limbs needed to be amputated. On Saturday night, Shelar was taken into the operation theatre for the transplant process, which concluded early on Sunday. The limbs had been donated by the household of a 14-year-boy from Surat who had a continual kidney illness and was himself waitlisted for a kidney transplant.
Shelar’s hand transplant was the fourth such process performed in Mumbai. “We now have been ready for this process for nearly a yr,” mentioned Shelar’s spouse Madhuri, 30. The couple has two kids, aged 4 and two. “He has been decided to have the ability to do one thing to earn a residing for the way forward for our youngsters,” she mentioned including that they’d visited International Hospital a yr in the past. With the assistance of docs, they began a fundraising marketing campaign and have raised almost ₹20 lakh.
Whereas the price of the bilateral hand transplant process is estimated to be round ₹25 lakh, sufferers require immunosuppressants all through their life that price between ₹2 lakh and ₹three lakh a yr.
“The process went nicely,” mentioned Dr Satbhai, who led the group of docs who performed the transplant. “Because the donor was a young person, we had been barely involved concerning the mismatch within the dimension of the fingers. Nevertheless, the donor was tall and the recipient additionally had a reasonable constructed, so we didn’t face any issues,” he mentioned.
Hand transplants in Mumbai
August 2020: Practice accident sufferer Monika Extra, 23, undergoes the transplant at International Hospital, the primary such process in Mumbai. The fingers had been donated by the household of a mind useless affected person from Chennai.
August 2021: The second such process was performed on the civic-run KEM Hospital on 21-year-old Rahul Ahirwar from Madhya Pradesh, who had misplaced each his fingers in an influence press machine accident. The KEM docs might transplant solely the appropriate hand as Ahirwar developed an issue with the blood vessels on the left aspect. The fingers had been donated by a younger donor from Mumbai.
Jagdev Singh, 22, from Rajasthan, who grew to become a quadruple amputee as a consequence of electrical burns, underwent a bilateral hand transplant at International Hospital. The fingers had been donated by the kin of a 52-year-old man who was declared mind useless at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.
Prakash Shelar, 32, a Pune-based accountant who grew to become a quadruple amputee after affected by electrical burns, underwent a bilateral hand transplant at International Hospital. The fingers had been donated by the kin of a 14-year-old boy from Surat.