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Updated: May 13, 2012 02:15 IST

Organs of brain-dead teacher harvested for donation

K. Manikandan
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P. Sahaya Remin
Special Arrangement P. Sahaya Remin

He met with an accident on his way to a funeral last week; had begun moving into his new house just a day earlier

The organs of a school teacher, who was declared brain dead after a road accident last week, were harvested for donation.

P. Sahaya Remin, 34, was riding his two-wheeler to a funeral in Red Hills on May 4, when the accident took place on Chennai Bypass Road.

He was rushed to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital from where he was referred to Apollo Firstmed Hospital in Kilpauk.

However, he did not regain consciousness and on May 9, his relatives were informed that he was brain dead.

Kin readily agree to donate organs

With their consent, his organs — eyes, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys — were harvested, according to his colleagues at St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School in East Tambaram, where Mr. Remin was a Tamil teacher for over a decade.

His liver and a kidney were given to Apollo Hospitals while the other kidney was sent to Vijaya Hospital, said state transplant coordinator J. Amalorpavanathan.

As there were no takers for the heart, the valves were harvested and sent to Madras Medical Mission Hospital. The eyes were sent to Sankara Nethralaya.

His body was later taken to his native place — Royapampatti village near Uthamapalayam in Theni District.

He is survived by his wife, A. Sharmila, a lecturer at A.M. Jain College in Meenambakkam, and their sons Mark Yugan, a class I student and eight-month-old Mark Yohan.

Mr. Remin's colleagues lauded his wife and kin for acting fast on their decision to donate his organs. They recalled that the teacher was the first to sign up for organ donation when an awareness camp was held in the school. A graduate in Tamil literature through a correspondence course from Madras University, he completed B.Ed before joining the school as a teacher in 2001.

Dedicated teacher

Always the first to arrive and last to leave, he was known for his punctuality and discipline, and had a deep affection for his students, a colleague said. He had enrolled for M.A. in Tamil Literature through correspondence and was to appear for the first semester examinations in the third week of May.

The family stayed in a rented house until recently. A while ago, they bought a flat and used up all their savings, apart from pledging some jewellery and taking a loan, a colleague said. On May 3, a day before the accident, they began shifting into the new house.

Helped those in need

L.R. Tamilselvan, who is closely associated with the school and knew Mr. Remin, said that the latter was always willing to lend a helping hand to the needy.

He was especially supportive of his friends and relatives from Theni who came to make a living in Chennai.

“I hope and pray that the harvested organs benefit the deserving, especially the poor. Throughout his life, Remin's cherished dream was to empower the poor and downtrodden through education and employment,” Mr. Tamilselvan said.

He must be a saint....Let us try to walk on his footprints....

from:  gracearockiamary
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 13:23 IST


from:  Mostafa Wahsh
Posted on: Jun 3, 2012 at 21:23 IST

What a selfless and extraordinary act of this brother! He found happiness in helping and comforting others. He was a unique person in everything. He was all in all for everybody. He gave everything freely... God may bless his family and give them courage to accept his being no more...

from:  gracearockiamary
Posted on: May 21, 2012 at 09:06 IST

May his soul rest in peace. May god give the strength and courage to his family to overcome the pain of his death.

from:  Rumana
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 17:01 IST

Inspiring as it it. Not only dedicated in his duties, but also a helpful person. I am sure his story; giving a part of himself to other people; will be an inspiration to one and all. God bless his family members.

from:  Tosovi Philip
Posted on: May 15, 2012 at 16:23 IST

Great Guy..... Salute to him.....

from:  Arjunan.A
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 11:14 IST

Hats-off to the family for taking decision soon.It's difficult to accept organ donation even among the well-educated and graduated families.they set an example for humanity and social awareness.Hope each of us has the guts to face it with our family.......

from:  k.Divya Bhargavi
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 10:11 IST


Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 07:56 IST

Such a noble soul. Like how he had helped others, Hope his family is also helped &supported to repay loans & raise their children.

from:  Surya
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 07:13 IST

This is the wise thing to do. This way we can help those who are in need of fully functioning organs to live a normal life.

from:  aatifanjum
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 02:00 IST

An salute to this great human being. you can see lots of comments for unwanted discussions and news. But no one to salute this man. I wish the so called human beings read this message and salute this person.

I would like to request THE Hindu to publish these kinds of news in the front page.

from:  Sriraman K
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 23:15 IST

Mr. Remin , a wonderful person , my last experience with him during Xmas Carols 2011 at East Tambaram was remarkable.I wish his family regains strength by God's grace and move forward in life.We lost a nice person and a singer in our carols team.May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Jesraj Thomas
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 23:09 IST

This news made sad reading.Notwithstanding their personal grief, the family chose to donate organs.Hope the CM of Tamilnadu will give some assistance to the grief- stricken family. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

Benedict Monie & family

from:  Benedict Monie
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 21:45 IST

I am really sorry for his sudden demise, but its a great deed and we need more people to realize the fact that how crucial these organs will be. I am glad this news was covered and given importance. Media is the easy way of educating people. Indians have peculiar set of mentality, once they are convinced about the truth, how this works and saves others life, we see more and more people getting registered for organ donation. As long as the humans exist, death is inevitalbe, some times sudden, some times expected, but to live after death or being useful to human beings after death, is some thing beyond any so called sacred things.

from:  Kiran Maddu
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 16:32 IST

I pray the almighty to rest the soul of Mr.Remin in peace. His
wife must be taken upon as a Role Model by others; she set a
sterling example even while she was going through the most
difficult phase in her life. I salute you madam.

Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 13:48 IST

What a noble deed! As a critical care specialist, I have personally witnessed the
bravery of the family in firstly digesting the fact that their dear person is no more,
and then consenting to organ donation. In this context, may I please point out to the
author that the term 'harvesting' is now not used in this context, as it has negative
connotations- a much kinder term is 'organ retrieval'!

from:  Arun Radhakrishnan
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 13:36 IST

Even after his death, his organs will give life to many. May his soul RIP. Pray to god for his great family.

from:  sivakumar
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 10:09 IST

Dear Family of Remin, I don't have a word to console you, You all set an example! I pray God bless you with peaceful future.

from:  nagarajan
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 09:19 IST

This goes a long way to serve the humanity, the fellow beings , very
good act & the intentions behind are purely humanitarian & for a good
cause, his family members must encouraged & applauded in fact

from:  Hardev
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 09:04 IST

This arises a big question as to what kind of importance we give to our life on Chennai Roads. In Highways it's always true that everyday this happens to one or the other person.

What does system do to ensure that this kind of accidents does not happen and lose very precious people like Remin?
What traffic rules are followed by the system as well as we people to value other people's life?
Are we just saying that this is just another incident and keep going or pause for a moment and can we take some actions?

from:  Manoj
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 07:47 IST

We pray for Remin's soul to RIP.

Also, prayers to strengthen his family to face the life ahead boldly.

from:  Manoje
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 07:44 IST

My hearltfelt condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.
Even though the effort of the family is laudable, this will qualify as a preventable cause of death. Being a doctor, I have seen plenty of these forms of deaths and the impact this brings to many families. It is very important for the government to prevent these forms of deaths with appropriate precautions. Having people wear helmets, define speed limits and having separate lanes for two wheelers and four wheelers are rules that need to be implemented soon. I have seen many drivers having no fear for the regulations on the road and not following road discipline in any form due to sheer lack of awareness of the sequelae an accident can bring to them and familes. Having lived in the west for a year now, I realise how strict authorities are in maintaining road discipline. The hefty fines scare the users into obeying discipline. I hope these deaths serve as lessons for the governments to implement preventive measures.

from:  madhi
Posted on: May 13, 2012 at 04:26 IST
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