A 16-year-old boy's parents took the decision of donating his organ and saving five people's life after he was declared brain dead at Fortis Hospital-Mulund.
Rohit Pandey, resident of Mulund, was on Mumbai darshan on the night of August 17 with his cousins when their car's tyre burst on the Eastern freeway and toppled.
According to his father Pramod, Rohit was sitting at the back and suffered multiple injuries including severe head injuries. "Both my sons were in the car with their cousins. They were taken to JJ Hospital. Rohit was critical and we decided to shift him to Fortis Hospital for better care," said Pramod.
When doctors informed that Rohit's condition wasn't improving and that he was brain dead, Pramod decided to donate his son's organs so that others could get a new lease of life. "On August 19, I thought that if my son is brain dead and there is no chance of saving him, why not donate his organs. Today, in this moment of grief, I am happy that he is alive in five other people," said Pramod.
Pramod's decision saved two end-stage kidney patients, one end-stage liver patient and gave eye sight to two. While one kindey and liver went to Fortis Hospital patients, the other kidney was given to a patient at BYL Nair hospital. Rohit became Mumbai's 28th cadaveric donor of organs on Wednesday.
Rohit had recently taken admission in Thane college for the eleventh standard in the science stream.
As transplant is the only cure for patients with organ failure, health experts feel brain death should be recognized and donations should be promoted. While Mumbai has been lagging behind, Chennai manages over 80 cadaveric donors every year.
Dr Rakesh Rai, liver transplant surgeon at the Fortis hospital, said, "It is good to see that the cadaver donations this year have seen a significant rise. The best part is that cadaver donations have come from different hospitals. However, there is still a long way to go."
The Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee, Mumbai has decided to strengthen the cadaver donation programme in the 29 non-transplant organ retrieval centres in the Mumbai metropolitan region.
Cadaveric organ donors in 2014 so far: 28 donors, resulting in 53 kidney donations and 25 liver donations.
This is the highest number of donations in Mumbai so far, with the previous best of 26 in 2012
In 2013, Mumbai saw 21 cadaver donations where 36 kidneys and 19 livers were donated. Cadaver donations in Mumbai plummeted after touching a record high of 26 in 2012. The trend of cadaver donations has always fluctuated wildly in the cit
In 2012, organ donations touched an all-time high of 26 as the issue came centre stage following Vilasrao Deshmukh's death due to liver failure.