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The 23-year-old suffered severe brain injury in an accident‘Lakhs of patients waiting for organs from brain dead persons’
The 23-year-old suffered severe brain injury in an accident‘Lakhs of patients waiting for organs from brain dead persons’

The kidneys, eyes and the liver of a 23-year-old road accident victim were donated by his daily wage-earner parents, after the youth was declared brain dead at a private hospital in the city.

M. Dharmarajan, son of S.R. Maruthan of Mettupalayam, suffered severe brain injury in the accident that occurred on November 15. He was given first aid at a hospital in Mettupalayam, about 40 km from the city, and was transferred to K.G. Hospital here for further management.

Chief Neurosurgeon M. Natarajan, Chief Neurologist T.C.R. Ramakrishnan and Intensivists, Ashok Hariharan, J. Jayashakeela and Baby Kavitha, treated him.

He did not respond to the treatment and was declared brain dead. Dharmarajan got married only three months ago and was working as an electrician in a private firm.

The hospital said that his parents and close relatives offered to donate his organs. C.B. Chandrasekaran, Transplant Coordinator at the hospital, informed the transplant team and also J. Amalorpavanathan, Convenor of Cadaver Organ Transplant Programme of the State Government, hospital Chairman G. Bakthavathsalam said in a release.

Headed by Dr. Bakthavathsalam, a team of doctors that also consisted of Chief Nephrologist R. Balasubramaniyam, Chief Urologist N.M. Balakrishnan, R. Senthilkumar and K. Selvakumar, both anaesthesiologists, Cardiac Surgeon E. Krishnan and general surgeon A. Kumanan harvested the organs. A team from Christian Medical College in Vellore harvested the liver.

Organ sharing

As per the organ sharing protocol, one kidney was transplanted in a patient at K.G. Hospital and the other was given to a patient in Kovai Medical Center and Hospital. Chief Ophthalmologist at K.G. Hospital Manoj Ramachandran transplanted an eye each in two patients waiting for donor corneas.

Dr. Bakthavathsalam appreciated the parents and the wife of the deceased for donating the organs despite the tragedy that struck their family.

Awareness

The awareness on brain death and organ donation was still low. There were lakhs of patients who were waiting for organs from brain dead persons. Though the number of such brain dead victims across the country was high, the number of transplants was less than one per cent, he said.

What Dharmarajan’s family did would help in generating more awareness. However, deaths caused by head injury could be avoided if people wore helmets while riding scooters and motorcycles, he said.


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