Mumbai teens who donated mother’s organs to receive national award
Vaibhav and Ravi’s father had died in 2006 and so their mother Preeti was their only surviving immediate family member. When she was declared brain dead after a brain haemorrhage, the brothers consented to donate her organs.mumbai Updated: Nov 24, 2016 00:00 IST
The teenage siblings from Dadar who donated their mother’s organs after she was declared brain dead in July, will be awarded by the Union health ministry in Delhi on November 30 for their courage and determination. The announcement has come after a week of HT’s report on the nominations, sent by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) for best donor awards, to be given out on Organ Donation Day.
Daxa Lalsodagar, the paternal aunt of the teens Vaibhav (16) and Ravi (14) Sanghavi said that she was recently informed by the Delhi officials about the award ceremony and nominations. “Vaibhav’s exams are clashing with the dates. It would have been lovely if both of them could receive the awards but it seems like Vaibhav won’t be able to receive the award because of his exams,” said Lalsodagar.
Vaibhav and Ravi’s father had died in 2006 and so their mother Preeti was their only surviving immediate family member. When she was declared brain dead after a brain hemorrhage, the brothers consented to donate her organs. Commenting on their decision, Lalsodagar said that it even though it was a brave choice, it had shocked the entire family.
“I had spoken to them after Preeti’s death to explain that even though their mother has passed away, she could still help save several lives. The kids agreed to it immediately,” said Lalsodagar. According to officials from the hospital where the organs were donated, the family donated Preeti’s liver, heart, kidneys, skin, eyes and bone marrow.
DHS officials had confirmed that the on- of-its-kind case was sent as nomination for yearly awards given by the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) to recognise the efforts of donor families and hospitals. Every state sends two nominations for hospitals and donor families, who have stood out for the cause of organ donation. Vaibhav and Ravi will represent Maharashtra when they accept the award that will be handed out by Union health minister Dr JP Nadda.