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KEM Hospital becomes the first public hospital to donate organs in two years

The organ donation process has been encouraged in private hospitals, but the government hospitals find it difficult to counsel and convince the kin of the deceased.

KEM Hospital becomes the first public hospital to donate organs in two years
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Mumbai's KEM Hospital, on Tuesday, became the first government hospital in the last two years to participate in cadaver organ transplant. Doctors at the hospital saved the life of a Satara resident, who received a liver transplant from 52-year-old man admitted at the hospital. As per record, this is the seventh case of organ donation in Mumbai this year.

Talking about the same, Hemant Deshmukh, Dean of KEM Hospital said that he donor was declared brain dead after he suffered a stroke. He in a poor condition on admission and his condition deteriorated. He was declared dead after two apnea tests.

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The donor's liver was allotted to Apollo Hospital but his kidneys could not be donated. Due to certain blood parameters, his kidneys were not considered suitable for organ donations by the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre.

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As the family of the 52-year-old brain dead patient agreed to donate his liver, KEM Hospital became the first government hospital in the last two years to become an organ donor. The organ donation process has been encouraged in private hospitals, but the government hospitals find it difficult to counsel and convince the kin of the deceased.

Earlier, Mumbai set a new record with 79 transplants in 2019. This is also the highest organ donations in a year since the donation program was officially launched in 1997. These donations in 2019 have helped over 200 organ failure patients, it is said. 

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