Brain-dead man gives life to three patients

12:31 PM, Thursday, April 7th, 2016
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BabuMangaluru : A 34-year-old brain-dead construction worker from Payyanur in Kerala on Tuesday night were transplanted his liver and two kidneys to patients in Bengaluru and Mangaluru on Wednesday.

According to doctors from A.J. Hospital and Research Centre here, Babu K.V. sustained injuries to his head after he fell down from a construction site near Cheemeni in Payyanur on March 26. After initial treatment at Pariyaram Medical College, Babu was brought to A.J. Hospital and Research Centre on April 2. However, he was declared brain-dead on April 4.

With a help of a journalist of a Kerala daily, a team of hospital personnel, which is involved in the programme to generate awareness on organ donation, approached Babu’s family members. Babu is survived by his wife Sandhya, a three-year-old daughter and his parents. After their consent, the hospital personnel informed the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation. The committee then sent an expert team to retrieve the liver and kidneys on Tuesday night.

At 10 p.m. a green corridor was created between Mangaluru and Bengaluru and the liver was sent to HCG Cancer Care Network in Bengaluru by air from Mangaluru International Airport.

In Bengaluru, the liver was transplanted to a 51-year-old male patient. A.J. Hospital and Research Centre transplanted a kidney in the early hours of Wednesday to a 33-year-old resident of Uttara Kannada district, who had been undergoing dialysis for the last one year. Another kidney was transplanted to a 45-year-old woman from Mangaluru at the Yenepoya Medical College at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.



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