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All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur

Historic Milestone Achieved at AIIMS Nagpur: First Deceased Organ Donation After Circulatory Death


In a monumental milestone, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Nagpur has redefined excellence in healthcare by successfully pioneering the first Deceased Organ Donation After Circulatory Death (DCD) in the entire state of Maharashtra. This historic event not only signifies a significant leap forward for AIIMS Nagpur but also establishes it as the foremost healthcare institution in the state. It is noteworthy that institutions of high repute in the country, such as IKDRC Ahmedabad and PGI Chandigarh, have demonstrated the capability to perform this form of organ donation. In this league of distinguished institutions, AIIMS Nagpur now stands as a noteworthy contributor, showcasing its proficiency in advancing the field of organ donation. This milestone in the government sector was possible due to strong support and guidance of Executive Director & CEO – Prof (Dr) M Hanumantha Rao and Dr. Manish Shrigiriwar, Medical Superintendent, AIIMS, Nagpur.

Mrs. Leena Vinod Kakde aged 47 years a resident of Ayodhya Nagar, Nagpur was admitted at AIIMS, Nagpur on 29th November 2023. Following a road traffic accident, she had developed Traumatic Brain Injury with Subdural haemorrhage and was declared Brain Dead. After Counselling the family on Organ Donation, Patient’s Husband Mr Vinod Kakde, Daughter Mansi Kakde, and Brother Mr Anil Kale willingly Consented for the Organ Donation. The patient was maintained diligently in the Surgical ICU OF AIIMS, Nagpur by Dr. Sucheta Meshram and her Team. But before certifying Brain Stem Death by the Brain stem Death Committee of AIIMS, Nagpur an unexpected turn of events occurred. The patient's health condition deteriorated before the formal certification of brain stem death by the Brain Stem Death Committee at AIIMS Nagpur. Undeterred by this challenging circumstance, AIIMS Nagpur swiftly adapted its approach and seamlessly transitioned to prepare for Deceased Organ Donation After Circulatory Death. This nimble response underscores the institution's unwavering commitment to facilitating organ donation even in the face of unforeseen challenges.

Under the leadership of Dr. Manish Shrigiriwar, Medical Superintendent, the medical team took the necessary steps to seek renewed consent from the grieving family for Organ Donation After Circulatory Death. The family's altruistic decision to proceed with the donation, despite the emotional turmoil, highlights the profound impact of AIIMS Nagpur's dedicated efforts in fostering a culture of organ donation and the noble selfless act of the Patient’s family. This compassionate initiative not only exemplifies AIIMS Nagpur's commitment to patient-centric care but also showcases the institution's adaptability and resilience in the pursuit of advancing medical practices for the greater good.

AIIMS Nagpur Immediately alerted Zonal Transplant Coordination Center (ZTCC), Nagpur. As per norms of the allocation, both kidneys were allotted to kidney disease patients under treatment at AIIMS, Nagpur.

The complete process of organ retrieval took almost 5-6 hours starting from 12 am to 5am of 3rd December 2023. The Guard of Honour ceremony was performed for the donor by the Medical Superintendent AIIMS, Nagpur and the hospital staff.  

Medial superintendent AIIMS, Nagpur appreciated this brave step taken by the deceased family and felicitated Family with an Appreciation Certificate. He also congratulated the AIIMS Team For Their Immense Efforts for This Noble Cause  

AIIMS Nagpur extends its gratitude to the patient's family for their selfless decision and invites the community to reflect on the importance of organ donation in transforming lives.

Team of Specialists

  • ICU Team: Dr Sucheta Bhowate Meshram, Dr Omshubham Asai
  • Nephrologists: Dr Amol Bhawane and Dr Anand Chellappan
  • Surgeons: Senior Urologist-Dr Sanjay Kolte, Dr Chandrakant Munjewar, Dr Nilesh Nagdeve, Dr Mohansundaram, Dr Manpreet Uppal, Dr Kapil
  • Anesthesia Team-, Dr Bhuvaneshwari B, Dr Barkha, Dr Rewant, Dr Mohan, Dr Mahak, Dr Gayatri
  • Nursing Officers – Ms Anita, Ms Soniya, Mr Ashish, Mr Lawrence, Mr Ajeet, Mr Sunil, Ms Vaishali, Mr Rajnikant
  • Technicians – Ms Poonam, Ms Mayuri, Mr Shankar  
  • Transplant Coordinators – Mr Pritam Trivedi, Ms Prachi Khaire
  • Kidney Transplant Unit Nursing Officers – Mr Sonu K. Ojha, Mr Bharat Goyal, Ms Swapnal, Ms Jasmine Ms Richa, Ms Deepika, Ms Roshni, Ms Pooja, Mr Sachin, Mr Abhishek, Mr Ravindra