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Organ Donation at Fortis Memorial Research Institute 44-year-old saves three lives and gifts sight to two after brain death

Date : October 28, 2021

Organ Donation at Fortis Memorial Research Institute

44-year-old saves three lives and gifts sight to two after brain death


National, 22nd September 2021: Doctors at Fortis Memorial Research Institute enabled retrieval and donation of three organs from a 44-year-old (female) patient from Gurugram following brain death, at the hospital today. The feat became possible after the family of the patient consented to donate her organs. National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) allocated the organs to three separate recipients – two waitlisted recipients at Fortis Gurgaon received the liver and one kidney, and a recipient at private hospital in Delhi received the second kidney. This courageous move by the donor family is a progressive step at a time during the pandemic when the organ donation numbers are plummeting.

According to Dr Om Prakash, Consultant, Neuro Anesthesia, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram said, the donor, a 44-year-old female was admitted to the hospital on the night of 15thSeptember. She was found unconscious and on evaluation there was evidence of major bleeding in the brain.  Despite the best efforts of the Neurosurgical team, she succumbed, and was declared brain dead.  The family, despite their hour of grief, decided to donate her organs and corneas. One kidney and liver were transplanted at FMRI into a 38-year old lady and 52-year old gentleman, respectively. The second kidney was allotted and transplanted into a 43-year lady in Delhi. Both corneas were sent to an eye bank.”

Dr Ritu Garg, Zonal Director, Fortis Memorial Research Institute said, “We are humbled by the actions of the donor family. Despite their grief, they have selflessly donated their loved one’s organs, saving so many lives. We are also indebted to the support we receive from NOTTO, our clinicians and nursing staff, – all who play an imperative role in making each organ donation process a reality.”

Dr. Avnish Seth, Principal Director, Gastroenterology & Hepatobiliary Sciences, Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurugram and Director, Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplant (FORT) said, “More than 700 families stepped forth to donate the organs of their loved ones in the country in 2019. There has been a 70% fall in organ and tissue donations worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy that we could fulfill the wishes of the family who wanted their loved one to live-on in others. Strict COVID-free pathways were followed.”

In India, the current organ donation rate is less than 1 donor per million population as compared to more than 30 donors per million in most western countries. There is serious shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number people waiting for transplants is ever increasing. Each year, half a million Indians die while waiting for an organ transplant, because no suitable donor can be found for them. That’s a life lost every minute!  There is a need to spread the word that each one of us has the potential to be an organ donor, and we all have the power to influence 9 lives by donating our heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and eyes. Pledge to donate your organs and tissues at

About Fortis Memorial Research Institute

Fortis Memorial Research Institute is the flagship hospital of Fortis Healthcare Limited. It is a multi-super speciality, quaternary care hospital with a comprehensive team of clinicians and patient care programmes, supported by advanced technology and medical research solutions. Set on a spacious campus with a potential bed capacity of 1,000 beds, this ultra-modern facility utilises and showcases some of the latest technologies in use in world class health care. Some of the milestone technologies at the hospital include amongst the first pilot project for precision Radiosurgery in the world, integrated operating and procedure rooms, digitized critical care cubicles, advanced Cath-labs, transplant rooms, endoscopy suites, private birthing centres, a state-of-the-art radiation wing and a stem cell lab to name a few facilities. A range of thoughtful services and health facilities for patients and their attending family include several Art ‘n’ Health programmes to recuperate, a mini theatre to de-stress, retail therapy outlets for immediate needs and a food court providing a choice of dining options to replenish energies.

About Fortis Healthcare Limited  

Fortis Healthcare Limited – an IHH Healthcare Berhad Company – is a leading integrated healthcare services provider in India. It is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country with 36 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), 4000 operational beds and over 400 diagnostics centers (including JVs). Fortis is present in India, United Arab Emirates (UAE) & Sri Lanka. The Company is listed on the BSE Ltd and National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India. It draws strength from its partnership with global major and parent company, IHH, to build upon its culture of world-class patient care and superlative clinical excellence. Fortis employs 23,000 people (including SRL) who share its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted healthcare network. Fortis offers a full spectrum of integrated healthcare services ranging from clinics to quaternary care facilities and a wide range of ancillary services.

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