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Organ donation: This 17-year-old lives even in death

They loved him too much for him to die in vain, and he didn’t.

punjab Updated: Jan 23, 2016 12:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Surinder Singh, father of 17-year-old Sahil, being honoured for donating his son’s organs, in Panipat on Friday.(HT Photo)

They loved him too much for him to die in vain, and he didn’t.

So when 17-year-old Sahil Kumar was declared brain-dead at a Delhi hospital earlier this month, days after he was admitted following a deadly road accident, his parents knew what they had to do.

Sahil now lives — in a 38-year-old woman from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh and a youth from Delhi’s Krishna Nagar, who have his kidneys, and also in a 51-year-old from Najafgarh, who got his heart.

Sahil’s liver gave life to another man from Delhi, and his eyes were donated to two patients at AIIMS, New Delhi.

“It was a major decision taken voluntarily by the family,” said Anil Kansal, associate director of neurosurgery at the hospital where Sahil, a resident of Dikadla village of Panipat district, was admitted.

“He gave a new lease of life to six patients.”

Kansal says the decision to donate Sahil’s organs was a tough choice for his parents. Kansal called them “torchbearers for the betterment of humanity”.

“There are several taboos associated with organ donations,” said Kansal, whose hospital honoured Sahil’s father, Surinder Singh, at a simple function in Panipat on Friday.

First Published: Jan 23, 2016 12:27 IST