Borivli resident is first in Mumbai to register for a pancreas transplant

“My body was retaining excess water and my weight increased from the usual 82 kilogram to 105 kilogram.”
Hemant Gandhi (left) who needs a pancreas transplant and is still waiting for a donor.

A 38-year-old man from Borivli has become the first person in the city to be listed for a pancreas transplant, said the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) which coordinates organ transplants among hospitals.

After the patient, Hemant Gandhi — a project manager working in Dubai — went into coma in 2002, he was diagnosed with type one diabetes. It is a condition in which, the pancreas, an organ located near the stomach, does not produce enough insulin, leading to uncontrolled sugar levels in the body.

Although Gandhi recovered in a couple of days, he said that over the years, the ordeal of daily insulin jabs, blurry vision and weight gain has been a traumatizing experience. “What is surprising is that I have no family history of diabetes. My condition continued to deteriorate after going into coma,” said Gandhi. Full Story