In death, Devinder Kumar saved the lives of five persons. He was brain-dead, so his family decided to donate his organs, clearing the way for transplant of his kidneys, corneas and liver in those who needed these organs.
“It was an extremely rare and magnanimous gesture of organ donation by the family of late Devinder Kumar. The family allowed harvesting of human organs and saved five lives of helpless and needy patients through successful transplantation,” said a statement from the PGIMER on Thursday.
Kumar, 34, was a school teacher belonging to Kaffota village in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. He met with an accident on May 2, and the next day he was brought to PGIMER in a critical condition.
“Despite the best of efforts by a team of experts, the patient could not be saved and was declared brain-dead. When approached, the wife and family members gave their consent to donate the organs under the Transplantation of the Human Organs Act. Their one decision saved many lives,” the statement said.
One kidney was given to a 31-year-old patient from Ludhiana whose both kidneys had failed because of high blood pressure and who was in a very critical condition. The other kidney was given to a 36-year-old patient from the city. Both transplants were done on May 7.
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Two persons got the gift of vision as a result of cornea transplants. The liver was transferred to RR Hospital in Delhi for transplantation, as there was no suitable match available in PGIMER.
Last year, family members of brain-dead patient Kashmira Singh had saved the lives of five patients. Because of him, the first heart transplant at PGIMER was possible, and the patient could live several more months.