A distraught family living in Mylapore made a selfless decision in a city hospital last weekend. They agreed to let doctors harvest a few organs of young Arunachalesh who was declared brain dead.
Now, at least five people stand to benefit from this noble act.
The 20-year-old student, a resident of Abraham Street, was a final year intern in a course in physiotherapy at Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research. He suffered a severe head injury in a road accident in Guindy and was admitted at Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre (SRMC) hospital on April 23.
He was declared brain dead on April 27.
His family then consented to donate his organs. His liver, kidneys, heart and corneas were surgically removed and arranged for transplantation.
The youth’s liver was transplanted on a 56-year-old man from Chennai and a kidney on a 17-year-old girl from Theni at SRMC. Another kidney was shared with a state government hospital and the heart with a private hospital. The two corneas were utilised by SRMC, a media release from SRMC stated.