The family of a Kolkata-based woman, who was in the city to meet her children, gave the gift of life to two Mumbaikars by donating her organs. The 19th cadaver donation of this year took place at MGM Hospital, Vashi on Wednesday.

The deceased Rajashree Maloo (50) was visiting her recently married daughter who had shifted to the city only three months ago. On Monday, the mother of two suffered an intracranial bleed (bleeding within the skull) at her elder sister’s residence in Navi Mumbai. She was rushed to the Fortis Hospital, Vashi. Her condition, however, did not show any improvement.

Doctors at the hospital informed the family that she had suffered brain death and could be a potential organ donor. Fortis Hospital, which is not a registered transplant or organ retrieval centre, went the ex tra mile to coordinate with the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee and the nearby MGM Hospital in Vashi to facilitate the retrieval of organs.

Maloo was shifted to MGM on Tuesday where the sleep apnea tests were done as part of the process to declare the brain death.We were initially not sure about the entire pro cess and how long it would take. But the doctors and social workers at the hospital convinced us explaining in detail that the donation could save many lives at a time. Her sudden death came as a jolt but we were glad her organs could help others,” said the deceased’s brother Basant Jhawar, Maloo was a resident of Alipur in Kolkata.

 The family had consented to donate all her organs but only the heart and liver could be transplanted. The heart was transplanted into a 62-year-old man from Navi Mumbai, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy and was waitlisted for over a month.
The surgery at Fortis Hospital in Mulund also marked the city’s 15th heart transplant. The donor heart was transported between Vashi and Mulund in 16 minutes. The liver was made available to a 60-year-old man at the Global Hospital in Parel.The 19 cadavers donated till date this year has aided patients in 10 cases of heart transplant, 19 cases of liver transplant and 31 cases of kidney transplant.