Mr. Nilesh Mandlewala
Founder & President Donate Life
Donate Life is a Non-Profit Organization established for the purpose of cadaver organ donation & prevention of ever increasing disease of kidney failure across the country. The organization is committed to serve humanity without any commercial motive.
By an estimate, there are about 20 lac people suffering from kidney failure in our country and around 2 lac such patients are added to these figures every year. There is similar situation in cases of those suffering from failure of heart, liver, pancreas etc.
To provide hope and help to these ‘organ failure patients’ and bring a new lease of life to them, the Founder & President of this organization, Mr. Nilesh Mandlewala has dedicated his life towards this noble cause. Since 2005, he has been instrumental to various organ donations programs. He started a drive for the donation of organs belonging to brain dead patients.
With his vision, passion, commitment and dedication to organ donation activities, he achieved several milestones in this field, so far, he has been able to persuade & procure 194 kidneys, 73 livers, 5 pancreas, 10 heart and 174 eyes, which has given new life and vision to 454 persons across the country & world.
Also taking it upon himself to educate and spread awareness to more than 7 lac people on Cadaver organ donation.
In Gujarat we are the Pioneers for the following
- The first intercity Cadaver Kidney Transfer and transplant from Surat to Ahmedabad in January, 2006.
- The first ever interstate Cadaver Liver transfer and transplant from Surat, Gujarat to Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh was done in February, 2006.
- The first ever Inter State Heart transfer and transplant in Western India was done from Surat, Gujarat to Mumbai, Maharashtra in Fortis Hospital in December, 2015.
- The first ever Heart transfer and transplant in Tamil Nadu was done from Surat, Gujarat to Chennai, Tamil Nadu in Fortis Malar Hospital in March, 2017.
- First time in Gujarat, bones were procured from brain dead patients under through the initiative of Donate Life.
Today, 45% Cadaveric kidney and liver transplant in Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Center (IKDRC) Ahmedabad, Gujarat and 20% Heart Transplant in Fortis Hospital, Mumbai is done by persuasion and procurement of Cadaver Organ Donation by Donate Life.