Friend Gives The Gift Of Liver Donation To Save Delhi Woman's Life

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| August 3 , 2017 , 10:14 IST

A former flatmate turned friend has now become saviour for Delhi woman Puja Bhatnagar. The 44-year-old woman suffered from chronic liver disease for 17 years till finally, the doctors told her in May that medicines were no longer enough and that only a transplant would save her life.

Since only a portion of the liver is required for transplantation and the donor is able to regenerate the lost part, live donors are more suitable for the process. So, the search began for a suitable donor, however, no relative was found to be compatible.

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At that point, the search for a donor reached Puja's Facebook page and Chennai-based friend Prasanna Gopinath stepped up to donate part of his liver to save her life. Prasanna had been friends with Puja and her husband since 2007.

"I used to share a flat with Puja and her husband while studying at the University of Glamorgan in Wales 10 years ago. She was like family to me. How could I have let her die for want of a donor?" Prasanna said to TOI.

The ethical committee of Max hospital reviewed the case as the Transplant Act is strict about non-related organ donors.

"The authorities considered the strong bond of friendship between patient and donor and allowed the liver donation," Dr. Subhash Gupta, chief liver transplant surgeon at Max Hospital said.

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"In many cases, even family members back out when it comes to donating organs, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a friend stepping forward to help," Dr Gupta added.

However, simply finding a suitable donor was not the end of worries for Puja's family, as they also had to find the money for the Rs 25 lakh procedure.

Puja's friends, family members and students spread the word about the need for funds and by means of an online fundraising platform Impact Guru, 363 people helped raise the money for the life-saving transplant.

The operation took place successfully on July 21 at the Max Hospital in Delhi's Saket.

"The donor has been discharged already, and Puja is likely to be discharged in a day or two," said a doctor at Max on Wednesday.