Jaipur: Brain dead accident victim donated organs, saves three lives


JAIPUR: Taking a brave decision, family of a 33-year-old man, who was declared brain dead while undergoing treatment in the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital on Friday, donated his organs – two kidneys, liver and cornea. "The donor Sunil has given a new lease of life to three patients. 

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His liver has been transplanted to a 59-year-old woman with liver failure. While his kidneys saved lives of a 30-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man," Dr Vinay Tomar, senior professor (urology) and convenor, organ transplant programme, SMS hospital, said. Sunil was a resident of Harmada of Chomu area in Jaipur. On August 10, when he was returning home from their furniture shop at Sindhi camp area on his a bike with his father, they met with an accident.

His father sustained minor injuries but Sunil suffered serious head injuries. He was rushed to Kanwatia hospital and later doctors referred him to SMS hospital. The doctors in SMS hospital had declared him brain dead on Friday. The family gave consent for organ donation on Saturday. On Sunday, the doctors harvested his organs and transplanted them to save three lives.

A team of counsellors from Navjeevan, a project by Mohan Foundation and Jaipur Citizen Forum, helped in counselling Sunil's family to donate his organs for saving life of others. "During counselling, his family members agreed to donate all organs. However, when we consulted cardiac surgeons, they refused to harvest the heart because the condition of his lungs did not allow it. We contacted other centres across the country looking for a heart recipient but all centres refused," said Dr Manish Sharma, nodal officer, state organ transplant programme. 

The liver was transported from SMS hospital to Mahatma Gandhi hospital through green corridor on Sunday morning. "Sunil was close to me. He was the only child of his parents. He was a person who always kept others happy. Even though he is not in this world, he has done something for others – saving lives and bringing happiness to their families," Bajrang Lal Jangid, Sunil's cousin told media.

So far, eight liver transplants have been conducted in the state. For the first time, the harvested liver was transplanted to a female patient. "59-year-old patient from Delhi suffering from severe liver cirrhosis caused by diabetes received the liver. Removing her diseased liver and transplanting new liver took six hours. She will be kept in infection-free liver ICU for the next seven days," Dr Giriraj Bora, chief liver transplant surgeon, Mahatma Gandhi hospital, said.

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