Thirteen people got a new lease of life after families of four accident victims donated their organs once they were declared clinically brain-dead in last four days at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
While lives of nine recipients were saved, four got the gift of vision.
Shivani, 20, Saharanpur, UP
On January 31, newly married Shivani met with an accident when she was going on a bike with her husband to her parents’ place. She was brought to PGIMER the next day and was declared brain-dead on February 3. Her husband Raj Kumar consented for cadaveric donation. Her liver, kidneys and cornea were retrieved from the body and transplanted on three people. Of these, two people are able to see.
Devender, 21, Bilaspur, HP
Devender (21), who was riding on his bike, was hit by a bus, leading to severe injury on his head. He was admitted in PGIMER on January 30 and was declared brain-dead on February 2.
“Showcasing extraordinary compassion, his family consented for organ donation, saving lives of two terminally ill patients suffering from kidney ailment,” said a PGI official.
Sudhir Kumar, 40, Dadumajra Colony
Sudhir Kumar (40) from Dadumajra Colony in Chandigarh was a victim of a hit-and-run incident. His family rushed him to PGIMER without losing any time, but Sudhir succumbed to his injuries and was declared brain-dead on February 4.
“With back-to-back donations, it was difficult to have transplantations done at PGIMER as our team was working round-the-clock,” another PGI official said.
“The Regional Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organisation (ROTTO), PGI, approached the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) to get retrieved Sudhir’s kidneys which were donated to two critical patients at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi,” she said. A team from Safdarjung Hospital was handed over the retrieved organs on Sunday.
Sourabh, 18, Naraingarh
On February 4, Sourabh (18) from Naraingarh in Haryana was on a bike when he was hit by a Himachal Roadways bus. The sole breadwinner of his family, he was declared brain-dead same day. “Despite the loss, Sourabh’s mother showed courage by consenting to donate his organs. While his kidneys saved the life of two patients, the corneas helped two others see this world,” said a PGI official.
Dr Vipin Koushal, nodal officer, ROTTO, PGIMER, said, “There cannot be anything more heroic than saving a life. Cadaver donors and their families are truly a blessing for many. All the four donor families are not only from different states but are also culturally diverse.