Octogenarian who lives on even after death
82-year-old Gyan Kaur became one of the oldest organ donors in the country. While her liver was donated to the ailing father of an army officer, her eyes have given hope of light to two visually challenged persons.delhi Updated: Jan 28, 2009 23:42 IST
Even in her death, she has given lives to several people.
On Wednesday, 82-year-old Gyan Kaur became one of the oldest organ donors in the country. While her liver was donated to the ailing father of an army officer, her eyes have given hope of light to two visually challenged persons.
Kaur, widow of late honourary lieutenant Tarlok Singh, slipped into coma after a fatal fall in her house on Monday morning. Seeing her continuously failing health condition, doctors at the hospital informed the family of the grim hope of her recovery.
Soon after her family consented to donating her organs, much in accordance with her wishes to Army Hospital (Research and Referral).
“My mother valued human life very much. She was there for everyone while she was living and now will continue to do so even after death,” said Manjit Singh, her younger son. “She would be very happy to know that even death has come as a blessing to a fortunate few,” he told Hindustan Times after the cremation.
Kaur’s liver gave a new lease of life to a 58-year-old father of a serving army officer (name withheld). He was suffering from terminal liver failure and needed immediate transplant. Even her eyes have been donated.
“One of her cornea had some defect, hence the doctors wanted to treat it before promising it to someone but the other was implanted on a needy person soon after,” said her son.
This was the third multiple organ donation at the Army Hospital (R&R) this year and the 18th since the inception of the organ donation programme in April 2007.
Over 3,000 army personnel have already pledged their organs for donation in the event of brain death.
First Published: Jan 28, 2009 23:40 IST