At 18, Rachit Grover died too young, but, keeping his word, his family set an undying example by donating his organs and lending new lives to three persons.
A Class-12 student of Vivek High School, Sector 38, the Panchkula boy died of injuries suffered in a road crash on Sunday, at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Wednesday. His kidneys, pancreas and liver were transplanted to three patients on first-come-first-serve basis by the institute.
His father Dheeraj Grover, who runs a supermarket in Sector 10, said Rachit had been discussing organ donation with him for many days. “I felt it was his word and desire, so we have tried to keep that by allowing doctors to use his organs,” he said.
While the father could not recall exactly how Rachit had started talking about organ donation, he said that Rachit was working towards cracking the civil services exam, and used to discuss key topics every day.
“It appeared to be destiny as only his brain got damaged after his head hit the footpath, while his heart and other organs were not directly injured. We could not talk to him ever since he was admitted at the PGI,” he said. The heart could not be used for transplant due to technical reasons. He recalled how Rachit scored high in his Class 10 and 11 exams.
“He also used to play cricket in tournaments, but left it in Class 9 as he wanted to crack CAT (entrance test for post-graduate management programmes) before making it to the IAS (Indian Administrative Service).He had started devoting more time to studies.”
‘Destiny picked him’
The father said that on the fateful day, his elder son, Yash Grover, a student at a Sector-32 college; his friend Aftab from Sector 33, who was driving; and Rachit were travelling in a Toyota Corolla Altis sedan which rammed into a tree on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur highway after a tyre burst. Rachit was in the rear seat but the door on his side opened and he fell out of car, after which his head hit the footpath. Yash and Aftab received minor injuries. The crash took place when Aftab was on the way to drop the brothers home to Panchkula.
Rachit suffered severe head injuries and was taken to GMCH, Sector 32, from where he was referred to the PGIMER.