Ahmedabad: The first-ever liver transplantation was performed in Surat at the Kiran Hospital on Sunday, officials said.
The liver was among the organs donated by family members of Yoga teacher Ranjanben Chavda, who had suffered severe head injuries in a road accident. Ranjanben, 40, was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Dharampur crossroads in Valsad on September 30, leading to a brain hemorrhage. She was admitted to a hospital in Valsad, where she was declared braindead on October 2.
Ranjanben’s husband Pravinbhai and other family members approached Surat-based Donate Life, an NGO working to promote the cause of organ donation, for donating her organs.
Donate Life says two kidneys, liver, and two corneas of Ranjanben were donated.
The liver transplantation surgery was performed at Kiran Hospital to mark the first such surgery in the Diamond City. The liver was transplanted in a noted industrialist and social worker from Surat, Donate Life said.
One kidney transplantation was performed at the Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Centre (IKDRC) and the second at Bhailal Amin Hospital in Vadodara. The two corneas were donated to Lok Drashti Eye Bank.
Nilesh Mandlewala, Founder & President of Donate Life, lauded Ranjanben’s family for the exemplary decision to donate her organs.
“It was a difficult period for the family, but they took the right decision that has given a new life to five other people,” Mandlewala told The Live Ahmedabad.
Donate Life has facilitated the donation of 406 kidneys, 171 livers, 18 lungs, ten hearts, eight pancreas, and 308 corneas, giving a new lease of life to close to 1,000 people.