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Date: 14th April, 2005.  

Dear Madam,  

This is to inform you all that ‘BAHENA’ has started 24 hours Eye Donation / Collection Center at BAHENA, Telecast, R. R. T. Road, Mulund - West, Mumbai - 400 080.  

‘BAHENA’ covers Mulund, Thane, Kalwa, Mumbra, Bhandup, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli and Powai area for collection of eyes.  

‘BAHENA’ is part of Tarun Mitra Mandal (TMM), which has launched ‘YUVRAJ EYE DONATION MOVEMENT’ with charged human network of 500 social workers and doctors- engaged in general practice. All the 500 on-field and off-field participants are working seven days a week, 365 days a year without any honorarium.  

TMM sends all the corneas collected by it to Eye Bank Co-ordination & Research Center (EBCRC). EBCRC is a non-profit, autonomous, charitable organization engaged in providing corneas to corneally blind. EBCRC is a Member of The International Federation of Eye & Tissue Banks, Baltimore , Maryland , USA and Eye Bank Association of India, Hyderabad , India . EBCRC was set up in 1995 with the primary objective of testing, evaluating and processing the corneas received from the various eye banks in Mumbai and distributing the processed corneas found viable for corneal transplantation to needy / poor patients awaiting corneal grafting surgery aimed at restoring their vision.  

LET EYE DONATION BE OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. 

At present, the waiting period for a patient requiring corneal transplantation can range from 6 months to 18 months. We must propagate the need for eye donation, since all eyes that are donated may not be useful for transplant purposes because they do not meet international standard.  Every donor of eyes (after death) can potentially bring back vision to two corneal blind patients.  This target is easy to reach, especially since we do have a large number of deaths in Mumbai, but awareness is sadly lacking.

We earnestly request you to help us in motivating people for eye donation through concerted efforts of public awareness. Together we hope to reduce the waiting period, improve supply and give the best chance to the unfortunate that are corneally blind. 
 

DONATE EYES  - GIVE SIGHT. 

WHEN ONE PERSON DONATES EYES,

TWO CORNEALLY BLIND GET THE GIFT OF SIGHT

PROTOCOL FOR EYE DONATION  

Important Steps to be followed before Eye Donation: 

  • Obtain the vital death certificate of the donor quickly and if possible keep the Two photocopies ready.
  • Close the eyelids of donor and cover them with plastic bag containing Ice or with moist cotton wool.
  • Switch off the fan and if available switch on the air conditioner.
  • Raise the donor’s head by about six inches by placing two pillows under it.
  • If possible keep the dead body of donor on the bed so that Doctor can easily obtain the eyes.
  • Contact our Volunteers immediately, as removal of eyes must be done within 4 hours of death and should be reached to concerned Eye Bank.

A. Death in the hospital (Non medico legal cases) :  

1.      Resident doctor treating the patient to confirm eligibility for eye donation referring Contra - Indication list.
2.     
Fill up the consent form with relatives’ consent.

3.      Contact Ophthalmic Doctor on duty, BAHENA’s Volunteers or EYE BANK.

Till then

·         Collect 5cc blood sample.
·        
Follow the above-mentioned Important Steps.

4.       Ophthalmologist Doctor on duty to check the Death Certificate and consent form.
5.     
 Enucleating is carried out within 6 hours after death.    

B. Death in hospital (Medico legal cases):  

Follow above 1 to 5 steps.  

6.      Permission from the forensic doctors is crucial; Fill up the Performa of eye donation in case of medico legal autopsy.
7.     
AMO obtains permission of In-charge of police station on telephone.
8.     
Enucleating is carried out within 2 to 4 hours after death.      

EYE  DONATION  CAN  BE  DONE  EXCEPT  THESE  CONTRA-INDICATIONS  

·        HEPATITIS B & C
·       
RABIES
·       
SEPTICEMIA
·       
CONGENITAL INFECTION, RUBELLA, TOXOPLASMOSIS
·       
AIDS / HIV POSITIVE
·       
MENINGITIS
·       
OCULAR PATHOLOGY
·       
CANCER – METASTISED & LEUKAEMIA, HODGKINS DISEASE
·       
SYPHILLIS
·       
ENCEPHALITIS – CREUTEFELD JACOB DISEASE
·       
DEATH DUE TO DROWNING
·       
DEATH FROM UNKNOWN CAUSE
 

Looking forward to your Noble Support towards this worthy cause and hope to get your help in our fight against CORNEAL BLINDNESS.     

VOLUNTEERS :  

·        Dinesh Visariya              93222 13877
·       
Prakash Gala                 93210 17066
·       
Dhiraj Chheda               2563 4243
·       
Bhavna Dedhia              98690 81281
·       
Geeta Dedhia                2543 2689
·       
Gunwanti Shah              2539 7323
·       
Beena Nagda                2538 5577
·       
Denis Dedhia                 2543 2689
·       
Ramchandra Ojale          2534 8836
·       
Amit Chheda                 93239 48762
·       
Shilpesh Dharod             98200 08939
·       
Yashwant Gogri             2574 5064
·       
Laxmichand Sangoi         98921 84244
·       
Jayesh Chheda              2567 6344  

From MTNL Telephone Lines Just Dial 1919.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL ON:

Dr. Navinchandra Shah    2533 5570
Dr. Praful Vikmani           98217 46871
Dr. Hemendra Shah        98210 85870
Dr. Manilal Motta            98210 42294
Dr. Kamlesh Joshi          98211 35347
Dr. Mehul Chheda          98206 60106 

Dinesh Visariya – 93222 13877
BAHENA, Telecast,
R. R. T. Road,
Mulund-West,
Mumbai – 400 080.
Phone: 2565 4949, 2567 3838
Fax: 2569 0202,
e-mail: smit@bahena.org
Rekha Mehta - Eye Bank Administrator

Shraddha Parab - Chief Eye Bank Technologist
K.B.H Bachooali Hospital . Jehangir Merwanji Street (Near KEM Hospital ), Parel,
Mumbai - 400 012. Phone: 2416 4342 / 2416 2929   

Thanking You.
With Best Regards,  

Dinesh H. Visariya.