Manipal, Jan 25: A road accident victim admitted in Kasturba Hospital in a brain dead condition has become a life saviour for six patients in need of organs.
B M Indramma aged 57 years and wife of Nanjundappa H N is the donor. She met with an accident on Gummanuru road, Gudalu village, near Davanagere on January 22 and was shifted to Kasturba Hospital with severe injuries.
Despite the doctors' efforts to save her, the prognosis was poor and she did not show any signs of recovery. Indramma was declared brain dead by the doctors officially twice in six hour intervals. The first declaration was at 10.29 AM on January 24 and the second at 4.53 PM, under the 1994 Human Rights Act. Subsequently, her husband Nanjundappa H N expressed willingness to donate Indramma's viable organs. Hence her heart, heart valves, liver, two kidneys and two corneas were harvested and donated to six patients in need.
As per Jeevasarthakathe protocols and decisions, two corneas and one kidney were retained by Kasturba Hospital for the registered patients, one kidney sent to Yenepoya Hospital in Mangalore and heart, heart valve to the patients of MGM Hospital in Chennai.
Nanjundappa said, “Organ donation is a noble cause and my wife has committed a great deed even in her death."
Medical Superintendent Dr. Avinash Shetty said, "The organ donation is a great work to save lives and people should encourage it.”
The harvested organs were transferred to all the recipients’ hospital with the support of the Udupi police from Manipal to Mangaluru International Airport via Green Corridor.