Kin donates mishap victim’s organs, five lives saved

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 09, 2014 13:29 IST

Organ donation by a young accident victim has helped save five lives at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

Devinder Kumar, 34, a school teacher and a native of Kaffota village near Paonta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh, was admitted to the PGIMER on May 3 in a critical condition after he met with a road accident.

According to the PGIMER, despite best efforts and competence by a team of experts, the patient could not be saved and was declared “brain dead”.

Kumar’s wife and other family members g ave their consent to donate the organs. After fulfilling all necessary procedures under the Transplantation of the Human Organs Act, fur ther action for transplantation of organs was undertaken, said the PGIMER officials.

“It was a rare and magnanimous gesture of organ donation by the family of Devinder Kumar. The family allowed harvesting of human organs and saved five lives of helpless and needy patients, through successful transplantations,” said the PGIMER in a press release.

The donated organs - liver, kidney and cornea - were harvested and transplanted to give gift of life to five helpless and needy patients.

The PGIMER said words fail to explain the courage and compassion shown by the family of Devinder Kumar as even after suffering the irreparable loss, the family volunteered to donate his organs.

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