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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-86

Organ donation: Saga of an 18-month-old lifesaver

1 Department of Nephrology, Institute of Renal Science, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Nephrology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
3 Department of Urology, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Hospital Administration, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India
5 Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Priti Meena
Department of Nephrology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar - 171 019, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cmrp.cmrp_122_21

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There is a huge gap between organ donation and the current demand for organ transplantation. With a very low donation rate of 0.26 per million in India, a high number of patients die due to lack of organ transplantation. Strategies such as increasing organ donation from the paediatric population can improve the void in the national donor pool. Increasing awareness among the general population, propitious support for families during the donation process, more dedicated clinical staff, development of better screening and assessment processes are some multifaceted methods to improve organ donation. We herein report a case of an 18-month-old girl child who donated her heart, liver, kidneys and cornea to five patients following her demise. This case emphasises that with advanced surgical techniques and meticulous organ procurement even from a very young donor, results can be rewarding.

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