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Vilasrao Deshmukh died of cardiac failure: Doctor

Mumbai: Vilasrao Deshmukh, the union minister for science and technology and former chief minister of Maharashtra, died of cardiac failure, said Dr Mohammed Rela of Chennai’s Global Health City (GHC) on Tuesday even as he drew attention to the urgent need for organ donations.

Vilasrao Deshmukh

In a statement, Dr Rela, director of Institute of Liver Surgery & Transplantation at the GHC said that Deshmukh was rushed from Mumbai to Chennai on August 6 with “rapidly progressing liver failure”.

Deshmukh was unstable and required intensive treatment, according to Dr Rela.

“At the time of transfer, Deshmukh, in addition to having liver failure, also had circulatory failure requiring support for his heart, respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation and renal failure requiring continuous dialysis,” Dr Rela said.

“However, in the first 48 hours, he responded to treatment and his vital signs stabilised even though he was still critical requiring support for his heart, lungs and kidneys,” Dr Rela added.

This was the time Dr Rela felt there might be a small window of opportunity to consider Deshmukh for a liver transplantation.

Accordingly, he was listed to receive a liver within the super urgent category, which gave him priority to receive a suitable organ urgently.

Deshmukh’s three sons also expressed a wish to donate a part of their liver, but Dr Rela felt that with his (Deshmukh’s) condition being so poor, it would be better for him to receive a whole organ from a cadaver as it would aid recovery faster in such situations.

Unfortunately, Deshmukh waited four days with no suitable cadaver organ available.

“This morning, his condition started deteriorating rapidly with oxygen requirement of 100 per cent with very poor tissue oxygenation, an intense acid build up in the body with lactic acidosis of over 20,” Dr Rela said.

Despite best efforts by the medical team attending on him, Deshmukh suffered a cardiac arrest and died at 1.40 p.m.

“Deshmukh’s case shows us how vulnerable we are when we require an organ on an urgent basis. I hope that this death will improve public awareness of organ donation and stimulate governments across the country to do more organ donation. His death would then not be in vain,” Dr Rela said, expressing sympathies to the bereaved family. [Source: IANS]

One Comment

  1. Vishwas Kalyankar Vishwas Kalyankar Thursday, August 16, 2012

    While we were watching the Baba Ramdeo episode 24 x 7 on all the TV channels. No channel reported the day to day progress of Vilasrao Deshmukh a leader of such great stature of the country and Maharashtra in particular. Had his health bulletine from day 1 when he was admitted in Mumbai Hospital had been telecaste, I have no doubt thousands would have aproached or given information about the brain dead people whos family could have offered the organs he required.

    This indicates the TRP Starved media who had undervalued the news value of the health of the Minister. I think that the media needs to be more alert on the happenings of the country so that no such loss occures in future.

    If a person like me who had no personal relationship with Vilasrao Deshmukh was shocked about his demise in the afterrnoon of 14th August when I was at Delhi Airport waiting for my next flight to Pune, I cannot imagine the gravity of grief to his family especially of his better half for whom it was an irrepairable loss.

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