Chandigarh:“My Dad was the heart and soul of our family. He would help anyone, anytime and not think twice about it. For someone with such a big and beautiful heart, for him to go so early at an age of only 58 is just so unfair, ” said an inconsolable Jatin Malik, an engineer with Merchant Navy and the elder son of deceased Arvind Malik, a resident of Sector 38 West, Chandigarh.
On Sunday when transplant coordinators flagged the matter to them, that Arvind Malik was declared brain-dead last night here at PGI, the family consented to donate the organs of their dear father.
Following which kidneys and cornea were retrieved for transplantation, thereby giving two critical patients another chance to live and enabling two more patients to see, impacting four lives tangibly.
“Though it was an extremely tough call, but still we always believed that it was the right thing to do. Nobody can understand more than us what it means losing a father so we definitely did not want anyone else to have to go through what we are going through”, said grieving Jatin as he was consoled by his relatives outside the Operation Theater in Advanced Trauma Centre in PGI.
Braving their own grave tragedy and setting a role model for others to emulate, the Malik family took an exceptionally courageous decision when Neelam Malik, wife and Jatin and Neeraj, sons of the deceased, being aware of organ donation gave consent.
Still in a trance after the tragedy, Jatin said, “Till the morning of March 3, everything seemed so beautiful and so perfect. And within minutes, our world crashed as my father fell onto the concrete patio while getting out of the car after reaching home from a routine trip to the market and got severe head trauma. We immediately rushed him to PGIMER. I remember the drive that day took forever to reach here.”
Neeraj Malik, the younger son of the deceased who works with Jet Airways seemed shell- shocked as he directly reached PGIMER after getting a frantic phone call of his father’s serious condition. Tears streaming down his face, he said, “My father had worked very hard so that we reach where we are today. It was the time to repay back his hard work and sacrifice and he has gone forever.”
Expressing their satisfaction for the incessant efforts of the PGIMER team, Neeraj said, “The attending doctors and nursing staff here at PGIMER tried their best to revive my father but we were not lucky. It was last midnight when we were told that nothing else could be done. None of us could believe it. We were shocked, devastated and lost. It felt as if we were falling into pieces.” Following the protocols of THOA, Arvind Malk was declared brain around midnight.
“Even in his death, he has done the same what he lived for by helping the lives of four others. I hope that our decision for organ donation will help some others turn lucky and save them from the pain and trauma of losing their dear one, with which I will live till my last breath.” said an extremely courageous Neelam Malik.
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