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Marathwada tops organ donation, 27-yr-old brain dead patient saves lives of 6 patients across country

Marathwada, known as the backward region in Maharashtra, continued to be on top in the organ donation with at least 18 patients getting a new lease of life so far. Despite the region facing severe drought condition, the people are striving to save others' life by donating organs.

Within a one-and-half-month, Marathwada reported the fourth case today. Six patients from across the country got a new lease of life following the transplantation of organs from a cadaver. Six organs were retrieved from a 27-year-old brain dead patient, identified Ganesh Godkhe of Vaijapur in this district, for the first time in the history of Government Medical Colleges and Hospital (GMCH).

Godkhe had sustained severe brain injury during the road accident while he was proceeding to Srirampur and he was first admitted to a Shirdi hospital, said sources in GMCH. As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to GMCH here yesterday and was declared brain dead by the doctors.

Sources further said that a team of doctors consulted with the deceased's family about the donation of his organs saying it could save at least six lives. Accordingly, Ganesh's brother Nandu Ghodke gave his consent to the doctors to remove his organs from the body. After getting the permission from his family, the GMCH doctors sought permission from the state assistant director of health services for the cadaver donation and all the legal formalities were completed by last evening.
The procedure of conducting organ harvesting started this afternoon and successfully completed by various teams of doctors. Heart was transferred to a patient admitted in Fortis Hospital of Chennai, liver to Pune's Ruby Hall, one kidney transplant took place in city's Kamalnayan Bajaj Hospital and second kidney transplant was transplanted in Dhoot Hospital and two corneas will be transplanted in GMCH, the sources added.

It may recalled that the first organ harvesting was performed on January 15 at United Sigma Hospital here from a brain dead patient Ram Magar, who had met with a road accident in Vidarbha region. Another took place on January 30 at Seth Nandalal Dhoot Hospital wher the organs from the body of 39-year-old Sunil Budhwant, a teacher by profession, who was declared brian dead due to brain hemorrhage. Third organ harvesting took palce on February 21 at Seth Nandalal Dhoot Hospital where organs were harvested from the brian dead patient, Ram Ubale from Jalna district, who also died in a road accident. With this, at least 18 patients got a new lease of life so far.

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