In his father’s death, an army officer has given several families a reason to celebrate. After Lieutenant Colonel Giriraj Singh’s father was declared brain dead on January 7 after a road accident, the officer has donated the deceased’s organs to save the lives of terminally ill soldiers at the Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital.
H.S. Gujral’s liver was transplanted into an armoured corps soldier with terminal cirrhosis. One of his kidneys saved the life of a Gorkha soldier suffering serious renal problems, while the other has been given to AIIMS, where it would be transplanted. The multi-organ transplant was carried out at the R&R Hospital on Wednesday.
Hospital Commandant Lieutenant General O.P. Mathew said, “By agreeing to donate his father’s organs, the officer has given a new lease of life to three patients. The donor’s corneas will come in handy for those requiring a transplant.”
The Armed Forces Organ Retrieval and Transplantation Authority (AFORTA) was launched in April 2007 to generate awareness about organ donation. Over 3,000 serving personnel have pledged their organs.
The contribution of personnel below officer rank to the organ donation drive has been immense, with jawans time and again triumphing over personal loss to save the lives of others.