Organ donation: Two men gave new lease of life to 8 people in 2 days

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2016 23:52 IST
A combination photo of Sourav Duvedi (L) and Rachit Grover (R). (HT Photo)

Eight lives were impacted after the families of two youths — potential brain dead organ donors — gave their consent to donate organs in the past two days at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).

On Wednesday, an 18-year-old Rachit Grover (a brain dead patient) gave a new lease of life to three persons by donating pancreas, kidneys and liver.

A day after on Thursday, the family members of 24-year-old Sourav Duvedi set another example by donating the organs of their son and saving five more lives.

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Sourav Duvedi, a resident of Bhatoli, Una, was doing a job in a pharmaceutical company in Nalagarh, HP. On April 26, he suffered serious injuries after he met an accident, following which he was rushed to the PGIMER.

Considering his critical condition, the team of transplant coordinators started educating the family about donating organs. “Since Sourav’s family had heard about the concept, it was not difficult to convince them, and they agreed in the first counselling,” said a transplant coordinator.

“Hum unhi logon mein apne Sourav ko dekhenge (We’ll see our son in the people who got new life because of him),” said Sourav’s father Tilak Raj, adding, “My son was very helpful, hardworking and a spiritual child. It’s good that he could help others even after his death.”

Six organs including two kidneys, two corneas, a pancreas, and liver were retrieved from the donor. While the liver was flown to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi, other organs were transplanted to the patients at the PGIMER only.

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To facilitate quick liver transport from the PGIMER to the ILBS, a green corridor was created from the PGIMER to the Chandigarh International Airport on Thursday evening.

The ambulance that left the institute around 7:13pm reached the airport in 18 minutes, as the liver was to be dispatched in a flight on 7:20pm. However, the flight scheduled at 7:20pm got delayed by 15 minutes, hence the organ was transported.

This was the second such corridor created within a week.

Earlier on April 25, a similar corridor was created from the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, to the PGIMER to bring the potential organ donor, Rachit.

Dr Vipin Koushal, senior administrator, PGIMER, said, “The two young boys have done a great deed by donating their organs and saving many lives. People should be made aware of their ability to change lives. Everyone should pledge to donate organs.”

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