Surat : The organs of a one and a half year old child have been donated for the first time from Surat which has been one of the leading organ donors in the state. Lungs, kidneys, liver and eyes have been donated after two-and-a-half-year-old Jash Sanjeev Ojha was declared braindead. With the consent of the Jash’s father, Jash’s heart will now beat in Russia and his lungs will breathe in Ukraine. This is because a 4-year-old child from Russia has been given his heart and a 4-year-old child from Ukraine has been successfully transplanted with his lungs to the MGM Hospital in Chennai.
Jash Sanjeevbhai Ojha (age 2.5 years) Wednesday, on December 3, Jash fell from the second floor while playing at a neighbour’s house and became unconscious with serious head injuries. Family members immediately admitted him to Amrita Hospital in Bhatar under the care of Dr. Snehal Desai and started treatment. CT scans and MRIs were performed to diagnose brain haemorrhage as well as swelling of the brain.
Pediatric Intensivist Dr. Snehal Desai, Neurosurgeons Dr. Hasmukh Sojitra, Dr. Jayesh Kothari and Dr. Kamlesh Parekh, who treated Jash on December 14, examined Jash and found him to be brain dead. Jash’s father Sanjeev has been contributing to spread awareness regarding organ donation in the society by writing in the newspapers about ‘Donate Life’s’ organ donation activities as a journalist. He, with a heavy heart said that Today my Babu (Jash’s pet name) is no more but I can donate his organs and go ahead to revive children like him who are waiting for organ transplants in cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai. My son’s organ donation will keep my son alive in other children.
With the consent of the Ojha family, Nilesh Mandlewala approached Dr Pranjal Modi, convener of the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO), for donation of heart, lung, kidney and liver. As there are no patients for heart transplant of young children in Gujarat, ROTTO Mumbai was contacted by SOTTO. As there were no patients of this blood group in ROTTO Mumbai also, NOTTO was contacted.
NOTTO donated hearts and lungs to two four-year-old foreign children of Russia and Ukraine citizenship who were being treated at MGM Hospital in Chennai as there were no Indian paediatric patients of B+ blood type in various transplant hospitals across the country.