Magnanimous gesture by widow

HYDERABAD, NOV. 29. In a magnanimous gesture overcoming her biggest personal loss, the widow of a tea vendor in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy donated her husband's liver, kidneys and eyes here on Monday, giving a new lease of life to five persons.

Fifty-year old Ponnoju Rajamouli, resident of the Weaker Sections Colony in Sivarampally, died of head injuries when a scooter knocked him down on November 25.

Doctors at Medwin Hospitals declared him brain dead the next day.

His wife, Gayatri, on being counselled by members of the Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation came forward to donate her husband's vital organs.

Global Hospitals received the liver, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences the kidneys and the L.V. Prasad Eye Research Institute the eyes, all retrieved at Medwin Hospitals.

Gayatri is the mother of an adopted girl.

"Poverty, illiteracy and bereavement have not come in the way for her to make the noble gesture in contrast to the reservations expressed by the educated and affluent classes for organ donation in similar situations," the volunteers said in a press release here on Monday.

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