Organ donation: Death Gives way to Life

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Pune, 15 July 2022

A young lady was brought to Command Hospital (Southern Command), (CHSC) in her last stages of her life after an unfortunate event.

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On admission, the vital brain signs of life were not present in her. The family was aware of the concept of organ donation after death. After discussion with the transplant coordinator of the hospital, the family desired that the organs of the lady should be donated to the patients who are in dire need of them. After the necessary clearances, the transplant team at Command Hospital (Southern Command), was immediately activated and the alerts were also sent to Zonal transplant coordination centre (ZTCC) and Army organ retrieval and transplant authority (AORTA). Through the night of 14 July 2022 and early morning hours of 15 July 2022, viable organs such as kidneys were transplanted into 2 serving soldiers of the Indian Army, Eyes were preserved at eye bank of CH(SC)-Armed forces medical college complex and liver was given to patient at Ruby Hall clinic, Pune.

A benevolent gesture of organ donation after death and well-coordinated effort at CH(SC), gave life and eyesight to 5 severely ill patients. It bolsters the belief that “Don’t take your organs to heaven, God knows we need them here!” It also spreads awareness about the invaluable role of organ donation to the needy patients under such circumstances.