In December, Abhishek Jogdandar, 21, died in a motorbike accident. While his family was willing to donate all his organs, calls to Chennai and Delhi failed to find a match, and his heart and lungs could not be donated. In June, two recipient families in Mumbai paid Rs 14.5 lakh for a charter plane to transfer a heart and lungs from Chandigarh in time.
Formed in 2012, the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) has evolved in these six years. The number of cadaveric organ donations has risen, especially in last one year, thanks to the awareness drives undertaken by the ZTCC and the Mohan Foundation.
MOHAN Foundation, under the aegis of the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), is holding its eighth one-month transplant coordinators’ training programme in the city. The event will end on Saturday.
With India known to have the highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) cases, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), immense pressure is being laid on the country to eliminate the disease soon. On the other hand, the number of kidney transplanted patients has grown significantly in the country. The link between the two is one that many are unaware of.
Every year, more than 500 patients in Maharashtra with end-stage liver ailments enlist themselves with the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) for transplantations. But sadly, hardly 50 cadaver to liver transplantations take place every year, thus making the waiting list even longer, with patients often succumbing to the wait.
A Ukrainian woman became the first foreign national to undergo a life-saving heart transplant at a city hospital on Monday. The 27-year-old mother had registered with Fortis Hospital in Mulund two days ago.
The mid-term review meeting of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation aims to come up with guidelines for South Asia. The guidelines will be on the lines of those developed by the Amsterdam Forum in 2004, according to Society chairman Georgi Abraham.