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Life after death: dead man’s kidneys save two lives

All his life,Pankaj Shah (61) was instrumental in convincing several of his relatives and friends to donate their eyes.

All his life,Pankaj Shah (61) was instrumental in convincing several of his relatives and friends to donate their eyes. And when he himself suffered a brain stroke and was later declared brain dead,he once again came to the rescue of two families.

Shah gave a fresh lease of life to nine-year-old Harshal Barot who was on dialysis (twice a week) for the last one-and-a-half years due to chronic renal failure,and to Seema Patel (37) who was living on peritoneal dialysis every 8 hours for the last two-and-a-half years. While his family decided to donate all his organs,his lungs,liver and heart could not be used,as these organ transplants are not done in the city. Shah’s eyes were donated to the eye bank.

Having donated the kidneys and eyes of his father,a grieving Jay Shah has found solace in the fact that his father would live on through his organs. Pankaj Shah suffered a brain stroke on May 3 and was subsequently declared brain dead by two neuro-physicians.

His family decided to donate his organs as per the norms of the Human Organs Transplant Act (HOTA),2005. After receiving the news of her father’s condition,Parul Shah decided to fly down from Canada immediately.

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It took 48 hours for Parul to reach Ahmedabad,but by that time,Jay had convinced the rest of the family about the donation.

“My father used to convince people always to donate eyes. So,when his time came,we decided to donate all his organs. But unfortunately,his liver,heart and lungs could not be used as these transplants are not done in Ahmedabad,” Jay said.

Paresh Barot,who works as a loan agent for banks,had to take his daughter,Harshal (9),for dialysis whenever her blood pressure shot up. The treatment proved to be an expensive affair for the family.

The expense of the transplantation,which summed up to Rs 4 lakh,was provided from the Chief Minster’s fund after the chief medical officer of Sterling Hospital,Dr Chandramauli Rawal,sent a letter to the Chief Minister’s Office elaborating on the emergency situation of Harshal on May 4. The cadaver transplant was done on May 5.