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Punjab: 83-year-old Sangrur man wishes to donate his body, no provision in district

Karnail Singh, 83, of Manakheri village near Malerkotla, has been visiting many hospitals in the district trying to donate his body since past one year.

punjab Updated: Jan 18, 2018 16:29 IST
Avtar Singh
Avtar Singh
Hindustan Times, Sangrur
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Karnail Singh, 83(HT Photo)

Despite huge demand of bodies for experimental and clinical purposes, a Sangrur man is running from pillar to post to donate his body. Despite growing awareness among people regarding body donation, there is ‘no provision’ at the district-level to donate body, he said.

Karnail Singh, 83, of Manakheri village near Malerkotla, has been visiting many hospitals in the district trying to donate his body since past one year. Initially, he approached the civil hospital in Malerkotla, where he was asked to go to the civil hospital in Sunam. But he failed to register his name for body donation there as well.

“Students of medical science can experiment on my body and their research findings will save lives.” — Karnail Singh, 83

“I was then asked to approach the Government Medical College in Patiala or Guru Gobind Singh Medical Collegein Faridkot. But it is difficult for me as I am an illiterate person in my eighties,” he said.

“My organs are working well and it will be great if any person in need gets my kidney, lungs or liver. Or the students of medical science can experiment on my body and their research findings will save lives. That will be salvation for me,” he added.

Other residents of the village have also sought provision of body donation at the local hospital. “I went with him to many hospitals, but we failed to get him registrated for body donation. Government should open centres for registration of such applicants,” said Sukhwinder Singh, 53, an ex-serviceman from Manakheri.

Civil surgeon Dr Kiranjot Bali said that there is no need of a body at the local hospitals and the voluntary donors should contact medical colleges. “There is no provision for body donation at the district-level. Willing people should directly contact medical colleges,” said Dr Bali.

Government Medical College, Patiala, principal Dr BS Sidhu said that there is huge demand of bodies for experiment purpose. “Other colleges often demand bodies from our college, which we provide. There is always a need for bodies in the research institutions.”

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 16:29 IST