On Dussehra, the lives of 5 patients in Maharashtra were saved after the family of a 63-year-old woman, who was declared brain dead by doctors in Kolhapur, decided to donate her organs.
Even though Aster Adhar, the hospital in which the woman had been admitted, was not legally permitted to conduct organ harvesting procedures, Santosh Sarudkar, the son of the deceased woman, acquired special permission from the government for the organ donation.
A Times Of India report said that the woman had been admitted to the hospital and it was discovered that she had a clot in the brain.
However, despite surgery to remove the clot, the doctors declared her brain dead. Her family instantly decided to donate her vital organs and parts of her liver were used to save 3 patients, while her retina was donated to another patient.
This was also the first time any hospital in Kolhapur had carried out an organ harvesting procedure.
The Indian government has been trying to increase the number of registrations for organ donations, especially in rural-semi rural areas in towns in India. To that effect, the Delhi and Maharashtra state governments have recently launched a website (dorso.org) for online registration to boost organ donation volunteers.
According to a report in DNA, more than 10 lakh patients in India suffer from end-stage organ disease and need donated organs in order to survive. Every year, 250 people die of lack of donated organs.
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