The Organ Transplantation Organisation (OTO) of British Columbia’s government in Canada on Tuesday honoured the city-based family of Vivek Pandher, a young student from Ludhiana who had died in Vancouver in July 2015.
The decision to honour Pandher family was taken as Vivek had registered himself with OTO for donating his organs after his death.
His uncle Manjit Singh, who lives in Vancouver, received a medal from Kalara Hez, the head of organisation. Apart from Vivek’s grandparents Gurpal Singh and Parkash Kaur, Prithpal Singh Sohi of Prime Asia Television, businessmen Baldev Singh Bath and Surjeet Singh Bath and film personalities Rana Ranbir, Resham Kaur and Jaswinder Kaur were present at the event.
Vivek’s father Jaswant Zafar said, “As we got the news of his death, we rushed to Vancouver where we came to know that he had given his will to OTO in Vancouver to donate his organs. So before declaring him dead, his heart was implanted to a patient of heart failure. Both his lungs were donated to a patient having severe lung impairment and one penitent was given his liver. This way, seven of his organs were donated to five different persons. His act of kindness was appreciated all around the world and it brought organ-donation movement to another level.” Zafar further said that instead of a condolence meet, ‘Vivek Milni’ was organised in Ludhiana in which, more than 200 people filled their organ-donation forms. “During the month of June this year, more than 150 people filled organ-donation forms during functions dedicated to his memory in Surrey,” he added.
Baldev Singh Bath said that Vivek’s donation not only made them proud but also brought awareness in the community.
Rana Ranbir stated that even in his young days, Vivek was always associated with good deeds and now his death has given birth to a movement like organ donation in Punjab. “Many different societies, families and NGOs are now organising organdonation camps,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rajinder Singh Tanda from Yuba City informed that 45 more people have registered their names for organ donation during Nagar Kirtan at Yuba City on November 6 as a result of awareness campaign being conducted in Vivek’s memory.