A CALL to PGI from Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 on Monday informing about the decision of a city-based couple to donate the organs of their 18-year-old brain-dead son has helped save three lives at the institute.
According to PGI doctors, the donor, a class XII student, was admitted to GMCH after he met with an accident at Tribune Chowk on Sunday night. He suffered head injuries when his car overturned after a puncture in the tyre. Seeing his condition, GMCH doctors managed to motivate his family about the noble cause of organ donation, and contacted the regional organ donation centre at PGI, which successfully retrieved the organs.
“The family was motivated by the doctors there and then the hospital approached us,” said a PGI doctor. “We successfully retrieved pancreas, kidney and liver from the patient on Wednesday.” The organs were transplanted into three recipients at the institute.
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An official from PGI said that the brain-dead patient was admitted to the hospital on Monday night. “On Tuesday, we received consent from the family and we proceeded ahead with organ donation process,” the official added.
For the organ donation purpose, a green corridor was created between the two hospitals. “The patient was shifted to PGI in only 5-7 minutes with the help of Chandigarh Traffic Police,” the official said, adding that the patient was officially declared brain-dead on Wednesday morning.
The donor patient’s friends remember him as one of the best athletes in the school. “He was good in academics and wanted to pursue law,” said one of his friends.