By donating his organs, a 15-year old brain dead boy gives a fresh lease of life to seven patients. Ch. Rakesh who belonged to Pamidimukkala of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh was injured severely in a road accident while he was riding a bike with another person on February 18. They were on way to Pamidimukkala from Pamarru.
Rakesh’s parent donated his organs through Jeevandan, a Cadaver Transplantation Program.
The 15-year old boy was travelling on a bike when he was reportedly hit by an unidentified speeding vehicle at Vuyyuru. Rakesh suffered grievous injuries in the accident and was rushed to Kamineni Hospitals.
He suffered multiple head injuries and was undergoing treatment for the same at the Kamineni Hospital for five days. After battling for five days, doctors informed Rakesh’s parents, Ch Suresh and Kavitha, that he was brain dead.
Dr Truman Srinivas said that the boy’s head was injured and his nerves were damaged. Doctors tried to save his life but he slipped into coma.
CEO, Kamineni Hospitals, Dr Ravipati Srinivas while speaking to media persons, said, “As Rakesh was declared brain-dead, then the hospital team and Jevandhan explained Rakesh’s parents the need to donate organs”.
Through Jeevandan, Rakesh’s organs were donated to seven patients. Rakesh’s father said, “We lost our son, it is some relief to us know that his organs will bring life to seven other patients.”
Rakesh’s organs, post-operation were given to different patients. His heart was shifted to Pothis hospital, Chennai, whereas his lungs were shifted to Global Hospital, Chennai. His kidneys were sent to Manipal Hospital and Arun Kidney centre in Vijayawada, eyes to Shankar Netralaya, Guntur and his liver was sent to Ayush Hospital, Vijayawada.
Jeevandan is a comprehensive government scheme that was proposed by the Cadaver Transplantation Advisory Committee (CTAC) to boost organ donation.
Jeevandan recognises that a patient suffering from an irreversible ailment involving heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys could be saved if they are provided with the opportunity to undergo organ transplantation.
Considering the ethical issues surrounding live and deceased donor organ donation, the government-constituted committee has come out with recommendations for streamlining procedures for cadaver transplantation in registered hospitals.