A decision of donating organs post death can save several precious lives, and this has been aptly proved by a 40-year-old man from Solan, Himachal Pradesh.
He donated seven organs on Wednesday, and his noble act has transformed six lives. Hindustan Times met family members of the organ recipients to know how their lives have been impacted.
CASE 1: KIDNEY AND PANCREAS RECIPIENT
Sitting outside Renal Transplant ICU, PGIMER, Seema Devi (name changed), mother of Sanket (name changed), was praying for the early recovery of her son, who has been suffering from several health ailments since childhood. The organ transplant was the last ray of hope for Seema to save her only son.
Sanket, 24, from Bilaspur, HP, was only eight when he was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. In 2012, he started complaining of multiple heath issues, including swelling on face and feet, gastric problems and abdominal pain.
When brought to the PGI, he was diagnosed with kidney failure, and was advised to have transplant.
Life became more difficult for Sanket who had to undergo dialysis thrice a day— the first dialysis at 8:30am, followed by second at 1:30pm and third at 8:30pm — costing his family over `35,000 a month.
Seema said on Wednesday when the PGI officials called the family informing they had found the donor, they reached the hospital at 10:45pm the same day.
Taken to the operation theatre at 1pm on Thursday, his mother’s happiness knew no bounds when she was informed on Friday that the operation was successful.
“I pray for the wellbeing of the family members of the donor,” said the mother.
CASE 2: KIDNEY RECIPIENT
Anil Kumar (name changed), 33, a media professional from the city, was diagnosed with kidney failure around four years ago, and had been struggling to find a donor since then.
Thanking the donor,” said Sunita (name changed), wife of the recipient, said, “I have no words to express my gratitude towards the donor.” CASE 3 AND 4: HEART AND LIVER RECIPIENTS
The donor’s heart was airlifted to AIIMS, New Delhi, while the liver was given to Army Research and Referral Hospital, New Delhi. Sources informed that the heart was transplanted by AIIMS doctors into a 23-yearold male from Haryana, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy - a condition in which heart’s ability to pump blood decreases. The liver was transplanted into a 56-year-old male from Karnataka.
CASE 5 AND 6: CORNEA RECIPIENTS
Two partially blind people in their 60’s were operated on Friday at the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI.
There are 90% chances that their vision will be restored after the operations.