Sanju, as her father Eerappa fondly calls her, met with an accident while riding pillion on a motorcycle with her friend near KRS dam near Mysuru on February 21. BGS hospital had declared her as brain dead and hence a quick decision was taken to donate her organs. It is reported that the family took inspiration from the recent tragedy which struck Mr. Harish Nanjappa, who decided to donate organs even while he was dying from a gory accident few days ago on the outskirts of Bangalore. Even as the decision to transplant the heart was taken, a recipient was immediately found out by the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka (ZCCK) in the form of Mr. Shivan, 30, a native of Ooty whose heart functioning has deteriorated to almost twenty percent. Sanju, gave a new lease of life to four people with the donation of her heart, liver, kidneys and eyes.
The Moment When Everybody’s Eyes Became Moist
Even while an ambulance and a police jeep were ready and the green corridor was created, Dr. Punnen decided to take the heart in his car. The heart was to be transported 37 kilometers for the transplantation to take place. The car was readied and the heart was placed in an ice box and taken to the car. Suddenly one gentleman from the crowd came in front of the ice box and bowed down and stayed for a few moments. It was Sanju’s father who paid his last respects and had a glimpse of his daughter’s heart for one last time. The heart-wrenching moment when not many could control their tears.
How can anyone donate an organ?
Anyone from a child to an old person can donate an organ. According to the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka (ZCCK) for Transplantation, even if you have had a serious illness in the past, you can become a donor under the right circumstances.
A person can pledge their organs directly by approaching the ZCCK office at Nimhans or pledge it online by clicking on http://zcck.in/DonorCard1.aspx. If a person decides to register it online, then the ZCCK will send the donor card to the address. You can also pledge organs through NGOs.
Let’s take the pledge
The Logical Indian community conveys its condolences for the loss of. Ms Sanju and the many lives lost due to accidents in urban areas. Let us do our bit in making the roads safe for all. The touching story of Mr Harish and Ms Sanju shows how lives could be saved through organ transplantation.Let us take the pledge to donate organs and spread the word on the organ transplant.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
If you too have stories of change, share them with us. And if you want to connect with Colonel Rego, click here.