The year 1994 saw the passing of a momentous law – the Transplantation of Human Organs Act (THO). According to this, a brain dead person’s organs can be considered for transplantation. Of course, this is only carried out after a formal declaration of brain death and consent. The procurement of organs for transplantation involves the removal of organs from the bodies of deceased persons. Two decades ago, we conducted the city’s first cadaveric kidney transplantation – a new beginning for us and countless others.
So what makes our centre stand out amongst the crowd? Perhaps its the fact that our fully equipped twenty-eight bedded dedicated unit has experts to declare brain death and maintain cadaver donors. Or perhaps the fact that our competent staff and medical coordinators come equipped with experience and of course a humane touch. Maybe the joint forces of multiple departments help support and address complications that may arise, as well as the availability of our mobile support team.
The reasons may be innumerable, but our work has not gone unnoticed. In the year 2015-16, the NOTTO (National Organ And Tissue Transplant Organisation) awarded Ruby Hall Clinic for its services in cadaveric organ donation – standing first amongst innumerable hospitals pan India.
However, through all our achievements, the biggest gift of all is the grateful smile of a family whose loved one has been saved by another’s generosity, and the knowing smile of another who knows their loved one continues to live within another.
Dr. Kapil Zirpe is backed by a passionate team of experts consisting of Dr. Abhijit Deshmukh, Dr. Sushma Gurav, nurses, support staff and social workers who all strive to make co-ordination as seamless as possible.
Dr. Kapil Zirpe
Director, Neuro Trauma Unit
Ruby Hall Clinic
A number of misconceptions still exist in India regarding cadaver transplants. Listed below are a few myths busted: –
Myth: Brain dead patients can still survive.
Fact: No, a brain dead patient will not come back to life. It is not related to mercy killing or even coma.
Myth: If a doctor knows you’re an organ donor, he won’t try to save you.
Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to the hospital, the number one priority is to save your life. Organ donation can only be considered if you die and after your family has been consulted.
Myth: Since I am old and not in good health, nobody would need my organs
Fact: Solid organs are generally transplanted from donors up to age 75. Tissues like skin and corneas may be usable even if the donor is older. Before the organs are removed, the donor’s medical history is studied; things like smoking, kidney failure, diabetes and active infections. After organs considered likely to be transplantable are removed, they’re examined for signs of tumour or damage from trauma.
Myth: My family will be charged if I am an organ or tissue donor.
Fact: There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for organ and tissue donation.
Myth: I cannot specify which organs or tissues I’d like to donate.
Fact: If you would like to specify which organs and tissues you would like to donate, or if you change your mind about donation, you can definitely make those changes as per the procedure.
Myth: My religion does not support organ, eye and tissue donation.
Fact: Donation is supported by all major religions as a final act of generosity towards others. If you are unsure or have any questions, please speak with your religious leader.
Myth: Organs are only given to the rich.
Fact: This is not true. Criteria such as age, blood group and clinical status are taken into consideration and organs are given to the most needy and suitable recipient. Money is not in the picture at all.
Myth: There is disfigurement after organ donation.
Fact: There is only a cut on the body which is sutured just like after any other surgery. The body is then handed over to the relatives for last rituals.
Myth: If the family agrees for organ donation then the donor is mistreated.
Fact: Not true. In fact intensive donor care is required to maintain the donor and the organs.