Krishna Vithalrao Wanjari, 62, gave true meaning to Organ Donation Day and valued the occasion as well in a befitting manner. Wanjari would be the motivational and inspirational icon for those who wish to donate their organs for the cause of human beings. Today, Krishna Vithalrao Wanjari sees the world and lives a healthy life even after his death as his eyes and kidneys provided new lease of life to four needy persons. Organ Donation Day is being observed in India on August 13, 2016.
Nagpur: Krishna Vithalrao Wanjari, an ex-employee of Irrigation Department, Bhopal, MP and resident of F/12, Hemant Apt, Rudrasen Complex, New Mankapur, Nagpur, was admitted as a case of Brain Infarction at Meditrina Hospital on 01.08.2016 and was operated on 08.08.2016. Subsequently, in view of his brain dead condition, Dr. Sameer Paltewar, Neurosurgeon, discussed organ donation with relatives who immediately agreed and accordingly he was shifted to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) for organ retrieval surgery and transplant surgery. He was shifted from Meditrina Hospital to OCHRI on 09.08.2016 at 11pm. After performing all essential confirmatory tests at OCHRI in late night hours as per standard protocol by a team of specialists namely Dr. Devayani Buche, Dr. R Atal, and Dr Vasant Dangra; he was certified as Brain Stem dead status.
Krishna Wanjari’s wife Suchita is housewife and his only daughter Ayushi is studying in Class X. Recently when Krishna’s mother-in-law expired he had expressed his desire to donate his organs for the benefit of others. After knowing the Brain Stem dead status of Wanjari his relatives proactively came forward and wish to donate the kidneys and eyes to the needy so that it could be beneficial to someone as per his wish.
On this occasion, Dr. Devayani Buche, explained that “Normally in death as we understand, the heart comes to a stop first and the brain cells die within a few minutes due to lack of blood circulation but in brain death the reverse takes place.”
Dr. S J Acharya, Nephrologist & Transplant Advisor and Manjiri Damle, Transplant Coordinator, OCHRI diligently completed all necessary formalities as sought by government during night hours and reached out to needy recipients as per ZTCC (Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee) waiting list. On 10.08.2016 morning, kidneys were retrieved and transplant surgery was done by transplant team Dr. Suhas Salpekar, Dr. Sandeep Deshmukh and Dr. Rohit Gupta supported by Dr. S.J. Acharya, Transplant Physician. Dr. Smita Harkare and Dr. Anita Pande provided the anesthesia services and Dr. Kavita Dhurvey assisted the transplant team during the surgery. His corneas were retrieved by Madhav Netra Pedi.
This cadaveric kidney donation brought new ray of life for the four families as both the kidneys were given to two needy patients and corneas to 2 blind patients. One kidney was given to a 43 years male at OCHRI and the other kidney was transported to Care Hospital for transplant to patient as per ZTCC waiting list where he was operated by Dr. Ravi Deshmukh, Dr. Deepali, and Dr. Swanand Choudhary with Dr. Prakash Khetan as Nephrologist.
Dr.S.J Acharya informed that “What is needed is a proactive attitude towards cadaveric organ donation, counselling for relatives for organ donation in the event of brain death, adequate hospital infrastructure, matching and distribution of the organs and co-ordination amongst hospitals.”
Dr. Anup Marar, Director, OCHRI, said that “This is a fine example of generosity, and a great human spirit. The family’s gesture demonstrates that there is a latent desire in everyone to “make a difference”.
Dr. Ganesh Bure, Dr. Rani Lakhe, Dr. Saurabh Rathi, Intensivists, Dr. Ajay Mungale, Dr. Amol, Dr. Ashlesh, Dr. Pratiksha, Medical Officers, Sr. Preethy, Sr. Sindhu, Sr. Shaista, Sr. Ambika along with dedicated nursing and paramedical staff of OCHRI Transplant Unit is taking care of the recipient under supervision of Dr. Shivnarayan Acharya, Nephrologist.