Family of brain dead man saves 3 lives, provides sight for 2 blind people, relieves numerous burn victims Nagpur Today: Nagpur News


Nagpur: Vinayak Ramrao Deshkar, 67, resident of Plot 36, Madhuban Layout Narendra Nagar, Nagpur was admitted to Trinity Hospital, Nagpur on 06.16.2017 under the care of Dr Shailesh Pitale with a history of hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism, old VEC and with fresh massive intracranial hemorrhage. Deshkar had gone to Panchmarhi with his family and collapsed while taking a bath on June 16, 2017. His sons and other family members took him to his family doctor, Dr Shailesh Pitale. The opinions of Dr Sanjiv Bias-Intensivist, Dr Sangram Wagh – Neurophysicist and Dr Pramod Giri – Neurosurgeon were also sought at Trinity Hospital.

The relatives were advised by Dr Shailesh Pitale on the critical condition of the patient, the result, the vegetative state and its consequences. On 06.22.2017; the patient had sudden hypotension and no spontaneous breathing. Relatives were again informed of the lack of brainstem activity. After experiencing the death state of the brainstem; his wife, Gayatri and sons Abhishek & Anurag proactively came forward and wished to donate kidneys, eyes and other organs to the needy so that it can benefit many others.

As a result, Dr Shailesh Pitale chatted with his groupmate Dr Anup Marar, Director of the Government Recognized Kidney Transplant and Organ Harvesting Unit, namely Orange City Hospital & Research Institute and, by Therefore, Dr Ravi Wankhede, Secretary of ZTCC (Nagpur) and Dr Shivnarayan. Acharya, Transplant Advisor – OCHRI went to Trinity Hospital to review status, propose organ donation and complete the necessary legal formalities; the patient was transferred to the hospital and to the Orange City research institute on June 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. for the maintenance of a potential organ donor awaiting recovery. Manjiri Damle, Transplant Coordinator – OCHRI completed all the necessary documentation formalities.

After performing all essential confirmatory tests according to standard protocol at different times by OCHRI Government Recognized Brainstem Death Certification Committee namely Dr Devayani Buche, Dr R.Atal and Dr Vasant Dangra ; Vinayak Ramrao Deshkar has been certified Brain Stem dead. Dr Ninad Gawande, assisted by Dr Noorul Ameen, completed the medical legal files.


Dr Ashish Shukla, Thoracic Physician and Section Coordinator-OCHRI CCU Complex and Dr Ganesh Bure, Intensivist Incharge- OCHRI CCU led a full-time team of intensivists, namely Dr Rani Lakhe, Dr Roshan Jawlekar, the Dr Santosh Gadge, Dr Saurav Rathi, Dr Vasundhara Jain and Dr Neha Agarwal to ensure strict retention of the potential donor supported by OCHRI paramedical staff led by Sr. Preeti Joseph.

On 06.24.2017; The organ harvesting surgery began around 9:30 a.m. In the meantime, the OCHRI authorities, led by Dr Anup Marar, have sensitized law enforcement authorities to the need for a green corridor between OCHRI and the airport. In between, Mumbai air traffic control called to point out the bad weather conditions in Mumbai, so the surgery had to be slowed down. After receiving the green signal from air traffic control and pilot; the surgery was completed. Dr Sandeep Deshmukh, OCHRI urologist recovered the kidneys. The Global Hospital – Mumbai team led by Dr Ravi Mohanka, a liver surgeon removed the liver. Dr Sameer Jahagirdar, OCHRI plastic surgeon, collected the skin for the OCHRI Rotary Skin Bank. Dr. Smita Harkare, Dr. Anita Pande and Dr. Sweety Pasari provided anesthesia services while Sr. Ambika Nair led a team of diligent nurses. In accordance with the ZTCC waiting list, one kidney was transported to Wockhardt hospital and another to the nursing hospital for the necessary transplants. The eyes will be collected by the Mahatme Eye bank. Dr Shivnarayan Acharya and Dr Ravi Wankhede stated that given his age; unfortunately the heart and lungs could not be used.

In accordance with the NOTO, SOTO and ROTO directives transmitted by ZTCC (Nagpur); The liver was transported to Mumbai World Hospital by chartered flight while the kidneys will be used for needy patients according to the ZTCC waiting list by Care & Wockhardt Hospitals. The eyes will be used by Mahatme Eye Bank while the skin will be treated by Rotary –OCHRI Skin bank and used for burn patients. Dr Ravi Mohanka and his team had come on a chartered flight to harvest the liver at OCHRI.

Jayesh Murlidhar Bhandarkar, ACP- Traffic and Sudhir Nandanwar, PI Incharge Bajaj Nagar Police Station under the supervision of Ravindrasingh Pardesi, DCP- Traffic guided by their superiors, led a team of around 100 police officers to ensure the proper transport of the removed organs and Seriously provided all the help needed to open the Green Corridor for the first time in the city of Nagpur. Manjiri Damle, Sunil Sure, Priya Sashi and Ganesh Iyer provided administrative support.

The citizens applauded the noble deed of the Deshkar family in saving the lives of 3 people in need, providing sight to 2 blind people and bringing relief to many burned by this selfless act. The coordinated efforts of Trinity Hospital, Orange City Hospital and Research Institute, ZTCC (Mumbai and Nagpur), NOTO and Nagpur City Police to uphold the wishes of the Deshkar family were commendable and proved that Nagpur is united for these noble enterprises.



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