6 get new lease of life with 37-year-old’s organs

Bengaluru:  A 37-year-old brain-dead man from Tumakuru gave a new lease of life to six after his organs were donated here on Friday.

Basavaraj met with an accident on March 21 near Tumakuru while riding his bike. He was immediately admitted to a hospital with severe head injuries. Despite treatment, he failed to regain consciousness. The doctors who attended on him later counselled the family members to donate his organs and the family agreed.

Accordingly, in co-ordination with the Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCK), Basavaraj was shifted from Sapthagiri Hospitals and moved to neuro critical care at BGS Global Hospitals on March 24.

He was re-evaluated and declared brain-dead in keeping with the protocols after which the organs were retrieved.

Basavaraj’s heart, liver, kidneys and eyes were donated to give a new lease of life to six people. His heart was transported early in the morning and hence no green corridor was required, according to doctors at BGS Global Hospital.

Dr Venkatramana N K, vice chairman, BGS Global Hospitals, said, “We take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the family for a noble cause. Their decision for organ donation has given a new lease of life to six people.”

While the donor heart and kidney were transplanted to patients in M S Ramaiah Hospitals, his corneas were sent to Narayana Nethralaya.

The liver was transplanted at BGS Global Hospitals on a 43-year-old male, from Bengaluru. The recipient was suffering from end stage liver disease. The kidney was transplanted on a patient at Narayana Health City.

Basavaraj is survived by a 10-month-old son. One of the members of the family who spoke on condition of anonymity said the money that the family had saved for the child’s naming ceremony had been used for his treatment and that with Basavraj’s death, the family had no financial backing.

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