Berhampur, November 6 (LocalWire): A 22-year old youth of Ganjam district, who was declared brain dead, became a saviour of six persons suffering from end-stage organ failure after his family decided to donate his organs.
Suraj, son of Babuli Sethi of Lalsingh near Bhanjanagar, was seriously injured in a road accident on 29 October at Surat in Gujarat, where he was working as a supervisor in a privately-run company.
His battle for life ended five days later when the doctors declared him brain dead on 2 November at 8.15 pm.
On the same evening, his heart, liver, kidney, and cornea were harvested and successfully transplanted in six persons, Suraj’s uncle Prakash Sethi informed, adding that a local NGO coordinated and motivated the parents of the deceased to agree for donating the organs.
The heart was taken to Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Mumbai through an air ambulance with the Mumbai Police ensuring a green corridor locally.
A green corridor refers to a route that is demarcated and cleared out for an ambulance carrying harvested organs. The objective is to ensure that the in-transit organ arrives at its destination in the shortest time possible for the transplant to happen.
“The vital organ was transported from Surat to Mumbai in 72-minutes covering a distance 269-km,” Nilesh Mandlewala, founder and president of Surat-based Donate Life, said, adding that Suraj’s heart was successfully transplanted to a 40-year old woman.
Similarly, his kidney and liver were transplanted to two persons at the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) Ahmadabad after these organs were transported from Surat to IKDRC by road in four and half hours, he said.
His corneas were donated to two persons at the Lokdrasti Chakshu Bank in Surat, Mandlewala stated.
“Initially his mother and younger brother did not agree to donate Suraj’s organs. However, they agreed after some persuasion and once the benefits of organ donation were described to them,” Sethi said.
“Once my son had said he would live for the life of people and he justified it after his death,” Suraj’s mother Geetanjaili said.