Two persons will be able to see for the first time and two others got a new lease of life after the family of a 43-year-old man consented to donate his organs.
On August 13, Bhag Singh, a resident of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, was brought to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in a critical condition following an intra-ventricular haemorrhage. “Despite their best efforts, doctors could not save Bhag Singh and he was declared brain dead on August 20,” said an official statement.
The transplant coordinator raised the matter of organ donation with Bhag’s wife Champa Devi, who gave her consent following which his kidneys and corneas were retrieved.
The family described Bhag as a ‘kind and benevolent man’ who believed in helping others. “Even in death, he has done what he lived for by helping four others. He will continue to live among us through them,” said Champa Devi.
Transplant coordinator Ramandeep said, “Being educated herself and the efforts of attending doctors to acquaint her with the prognosis of the disease enabled Champa Devi to give consent for her husband’s organ donation braving her own tragedy.”
The daughter of one of the kidney recipients, knew that the chances of her father surviving his debilitating kidney ailment were zero without a kidney transplant.
“My father got that chance today with a kidney transplant as a result of the courageous decision made by Bhag Singh’s wife. I can’t thank the donor family enough,” she said.
Dr Pankaj Arora, acting nodal officer, ROTTO PGIMER, said, “I think you develop a different kind of respect for the donor family for their spirit of unconditional love in their own pain. There cannot be a better teaching in humanitarian values than organ donation. The way Champa Devi supported the cause is very magnanimous indeed. We salute the donor family.”