A 55-YEAR-OLD brain-dead man from Haryana has gifted new lives to four patients at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
The brain-dead man, identified as Pawan Kumar Gulati, a resident of Bilaspur, Yamunanagar, worked with Education Department at Chachrauli, Haryana. According to doctors, he suffered serious injuries on May 7 after his bike was hit by a fast car and he was taken to a local hospital. On May 8, he was shifted to PGI.
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What the transplant coordinators found unusual this time was the level of awareness among the patient’s family members about organ donation. That the family belonged to Nirankari sect helped the coordinators in taking their consent. “It was not a difficult task and we quickly managed to convince them,” a PGI transplant coordinator told Chandigarh Newsline.
After the consent, the doctors successfully retrieved kidneys and corneas which were then transplanted into four recipients in the hospital on Friday. “The corneas of the deceased were used in two recipients and the kidneys in another two patients,” said a doctor who was involved in the transplant. He added that due to the age factor, other organs could not be harvested.
The hospital doctors met twice on Thursday and declared Gulati brain-dead in the evening. “The recipients were available at the hospital only. There was no need to transport the organs to other hospitals,” the doctor said.
According to Gulati’s family members, he would always help others, and even in his death, he saved four lives. “He was in education department and would often discuss the noble cause [of organ donation] with the family,” Gulshan Kumar, one of his cousins, told Chandigarh Newsline. “He was very spiritual and used to go out at any time to help those in need.”