Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:14
Panaji: Following a private city hospital making the state’s first brain death declaration on Sunday, health minister Vishwajit Rane said he would initiate a facility at the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, and other government hospitals to declare brain deaths on Thursday
Rane made the statement after declaring Manipal Hospital in Dona Paula as the first hospital in the state to announce a case of brain death. The former Valpoi MLA said he has had meetings with GMC doctors.
A 71-year-old male, admitted at Manipal Hospital Goa, was declared brain dead after he suffered catastrophic brain haemorrhage.
Consultant nephrologist at Manipal Hospital, Dr Amol Mahaldar said the patient’s family was intimated about his status and the available options were placed before them.
The family, however, did not give their assent to donate the organs of the deceased. Currently, the hospital does not have a transplant facility.
The only hospital that has the facility and permission to conduct kidney transplants is the Goa Medical Collage (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim.
The Manipal Hospital initiated the process to declare the patient brain dead after his family put in a written request to constitute a committee of four doctors to carry out the process.
“A proper legal procedure for brain death was followed and the patient identified as brain dead at 4.30pm on April 16, and the ventilator was disconnected. Subsequently the patient had a cardiac arrest at 5:45pm same day. We could thus save the family emotional suffering and bring early closure to the bereavement process,” Mahaldar said.