Families feted for consenting to donate organs of their kin
HYDERABAD: Death was within staring distance for V. Kusuma Kumari when her daughter B. Rajeswari took a brave decision.
When doctors informed her that the end was near, she consented to donate her mother's kidney and eyes. That was 10 months ago.
Tragedy struck the family for the second time when her son B. Uday Kiran had an accidental fall on February 2 this year.
“I asked doctors if he had any chance and they said no. And I consented to have his organs donated,” the mother said fighting tears.
Today, his liver, two corneas, kidneys and heart valves have given seven persons a second life.
“He left us suddenly in his prime. But when we found that he is living in seven different people we were a little relieved. We felt contented,” said his father B. Nandan.
“Many said I was brave. But I think I am selfish. Although he is no more with us, his life did not stop there; my son is still alive in his recipients,” Ms. Rajeswari remarked on a philosophical note.
They were among the families of organ donors that gifted a new lease of life for several patients suffering from end-stage organ failure. It was during such moments of sorrow that they exhibited enormous bravery by consenting to donate organs of their loved ones. They were aptly felicitated by being presented with a plant sapling by MOHAN Foundation on the occasion of World Kidney Day.
“They have bothered to say ‘yes' to donation despite their deep grief. There are chances of giving life to at least five persons through organ donation,” Lalitha Raghuram, country director of the foundation said here on Thursday. “You have not just given me a kidney but provided life to a family through your decision,” said a recipient Bandhakavi. One D. Srinivas who received kidneys around 11 years ago was also present.