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Killed in accident, Thane girl shines bright

mumbai Updated: May 29, 2016 11:17 IST

MUMBAI: A Thane teenager whose family donated her organs after a road accident left her brain dead, secured 81.7% in the examinations.

Kejal Pandey passed away in a road accident at Ghodbunder Road, Thane, in April.

She sustained severe head injuries, resulting in irreversible brain damage. “We don’t know how to react. On one hand, we are so happy that she secured such good marks but she is not there to celebrate,” said her cousin, Pawan Kumar adding that Pandey’s parents are inconsolable. “They are very emotional. First, we thought we wouldn’t check the results.”

Kejal was a student of Arunodaya Public School, Thane. “She was an all-rounder,” said the school principal, N. Madhuri Chandrashekhar. “She was very cheerful and always participated in school events,” she said. “We wanted her to become a doctor but she wanted to study chartered accountancy,” said Kumar.

Kejal’s organs were retrieved at Jupiter Hospital in Thane. Despite efforts to revive her, her condition deteriorated and she was declared brain dead. When a person becomes brain dead, their organs can be transplanted into a patient with a failed organ. Her liver was transplanted in a 14-year-old boy admitted at Global Hospital, Parel. The family consented to donate her heart but it was damaged in the accident.