Life After Death: Brain Dead Patient Saves Five Lives

| Updated: 31 July, 2022 2:30 pm IST
Amresh Chand saved five lives through organ donation

KOLKATA: In his death, young Amresh Chand lit up the lives of five other families. It was made possible after his heartbroken family decided to donate Chand’s organs.

“Amresh was the pillar that held our family together, a dutiful son who looked after his parents till the end of their days, a caring brother and a doting husband. He was a hard worker, who simultaneously managed farming back in his village and the daily wage job in Delhi to make his ends meet. Fate pulled the curtain too soon for what should have been a long journey,” his family said.

“He was a benevolent soul who always placed others’ needs before his. And now, when he is leaving us, he is continuing his legacy of goodness in the form of organ donation. We are merely furthering the abundant kindness which was inherent in him,” adds his family.

Dr Aarti Vij, Head of the Organ transplant and retrieval organization at AIIMS Delhi said, “It is very sad to see a young life lost like this. Amresh’s family has suffered an irreplaceable loss, but their willingness to donate his organs and light others’ lives bears testimony to the fact that goodness prevails even at the darkest of times.”

Chand was working with a private interior decor company. His job involved fixing curtains and blinds. Amresh was on a work assignment with his colleague and they made a quick stop at Jaipur as his friend had to finish some work there.

Amresh was walking beside the road when he was hit by an auto-rickshaw. His colleague and the public who gathered at the accident site rushed him to AIIMS Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center on July 27. Subsequently, he was declared brain dead the next day.

A team of doctors and transplant coordinators at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, counselled the family and discussed with them the option of organ donation. A heartbroken family came together and decided to donate his organs.

The donated heart was allocated to R&R hospital and one kidney to Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) hospital through National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Liver, lungs and the other kidney were transplanted for recipients at AIIMS, Delhi.

The effective coordination between the treating doctors, ORBO coordinators, transplant team, forensic department, various organ retrieval teams and the Police department made the entire process seamless and smooth that has resulted in saving five young lives.

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