Chandigarh:It seems that the initiative of the PGIMER to get families of brain-dead patients (people whose hearts are beating, but the brain is dead) to agree to donate organs of their loved one is finally bearing fruit after years of efforts of the doctors.
Proving the same on Thursday again, three critical patients got the second lease of life with transplantation of liver and kidneys after 26-year-old brain dead patient Pooja’s bravehearted family donated her organs to the needy patients in the PGI. Three persons, one suffering from end-stage of liver failure and two kidney patients, underwent successful transplants within 24 hours of the decision.
Time stopped on February 6 for Bala Devi when she got the tragic news of her daughter Pooja, 26, a resident of Ram Darbar, being grievously injured in a hit-and-run case while going on her two-wheeler.
The family rushed Pooja to a nearby hospital in Mohali from where she was referred to the PGIMER. But neither the fervent prayers of the family and friends nor the incessant efforts of the attending doctors and nursing staff could change the dark destiny as the head injuries in the accident had caused irreversible brain damage and Pooja was pronounced brain dead on February 7 following the protocol of THOA.
Bala Devi, a widow herself, who had raised her children facing all the odds of life, is still in a shock, failing to come to terms with reality of her daughter being no more, as she shared, “You know how difficult it is to raise a family after the demise of one’s husband. My children and I have been through enough. How could life have cheated us again? There is no greater pain than losing your child, that too, at such a prime age.”
“After the decision to donate organs of my dear daughter, I feel she’s somewhere around us,” said Bala Devi, the grief-stricken but brave-heart mother of Pooja, as she consented to donate the organs of her daughter, thereby giving the “gift of life” to three critically ill patients at the PGIMER.
After the brain death declaration, the family, when counselled by transplant coordinators in the PGIMER, consented for organ donation of Pooja. Following which, the doctors went ahead with the retrieval of the liver and the kidneys.
Talking about their courageous step of organ donation, the family said, “It was the toughest decision. What helped us take a call was that she could live on through other people. Hopefully, our decision for organ donation will help some other families turn lucky and save them from the pain and trauma of losing their family members with which we will live till our last breath.
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