Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay has suffered ‘irreversible complete damage to the brain and he is brain dead’, his doctor said on Monday in Bengaluru. The actor met with an accident on Saturday evening, suffering grievous injuries. Despite an emergency brain surgery, he could not be revived. His family has announced that they will donate his organs.
Dr Arun L Naik, who is treating Sanchari Vijay, said in a statement on Monday evening, “Mr Vijay’s apnea tests were performed at 12:25 pm and 7:50 pm today and are found to be positive. This means that there is irreversible complete damage to the brain and he is brain dead. The result has been conveyed to the family and the jurisdictional police for further processing. Jeevasarthakathe officials are here for all the procedures. Next step is the retrieval of organs and then transplant procedures to the recipients as per protocols which will happen at various hospitals including Apollo Hospitals. Mr Vijay is currently stable and we are constantly monitoring his parameters.”
Earlier in the day, Dr Naik had said, “Mr Vijay is being treated in Neuro ICU with all life support. His heart rate and blood pressure are stable. Neurologically he is deeply unconscious and is showing signs of brain failure. The family has come forward and has consented for organ donation keeping in view the current irreversible brain damage. We will continue to treat him with full life support and will follow the guidelines as per organ donation protocol. At this point of time Mr Vijay is in critical condition and we will extend all supportive care.”
Vijay’s brother Siddesh Kumar had informed media that the family has decided to donate his organs. “Doctors have informed us that his brain stem has failed and the possibilities of him reviving are very slim. As you all know he always worked for the betterment of society. He even worked round the clock on the relief efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. So, we have decided to donate his organs. We believe that it will bring him peace. He will continue to help the society even in death. Thanks to everyone who tried to do their best to help him,” the actor’s brother said.
“Very very disheartening to accept that Sanchari Vijay breathed his last. Met him couple of times just bfr this lockdown,,,, all excited about his nxt film,, tats due for release. Very sad. Deepest Condolences to his family and friends. RIP,” Sudeep wrote on social media.
Very very disheartening to accept that Sanchari Vijay breathed his last.
Met him couple of times just bfr this lockdown,,,, all excited about his nxt film,, tats due for release.
Deepest Condolences to his family and friends.
— Kichcha Sudeepa (@KicchaSudeep) June 14, 2021
Vijay was riding pillion with his friend Naveen on a bike when it skidded and hit an electric pole. Naveen fractured his leg but Vijay was grievously injured. The accident took place around 11:45 PM on Saturday, when the Covid-induced lockdown was still in force. It is said that they had gone out on the bike to buy medicines. A case has been registered against Naveen.
Vijay was a well-known actor in the theatre circle in Karnataka. He gets his moniker Sanchari from the theatre troupe he was associated with before he began acting in movies. He is known for films like Naanu Avanalla…Avalu, Killing Veerappan and Nathicharami among others.