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Bangalore: Mother donates organs of 21-year-old son killed in accident, 4 get new lease of life

Balaji was on his bike with two friends on New Year's Eve when he met with an accident.

Written by Johnson T A |
January 3, 2015 8:40:01 pm

An act of humanity by a mother amidst her own grief over the loss of her 21-year-old son has helped four different persons obtain a lease of life. Organs harvested from a 21-year-old college student M Balaji who was killed in a road accident on New Year’s Eve has helped four different individuals while his eyes have been donated as well. Balaji was killed in a road accident and his mother Mageshwari agreed to donate his organs after she was counselled by doctors at the M S Ramaiah Hospital in Bangalore about her son’s brain death. Doctors retrieved the youth’s heart at 9.35am and transported it to the BGS Global Hospital for successful transplantation into a waiting young recipient.

A liver and a kidney was sent to a recipient at the Apollo Hospital while another kidney was received by a patient at the MS Ramaiah Hospital. The youth’s corneas were donated to the Lions Eye Foundation.“This organ donation would perhaps benefit six people and Balaji would have given a new lease of life to these recipients,” Dr Naresh Shetty, President of MS Ramaiah hospital said.

Balaji was on his bike with two friends on New Year’s Eve when he met with an accident. He was not wear a helmet and suffered a severe head injury. Police said that the youth was declared as being brain dead on Saturday and the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka (ZCCK) for organ transplantation counselled his mother who agreed to the organ donation proposal.

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