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14 year old boy from Haridwar gives a gift of life to 6 people at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

The boy was declared brain dead after falling from third floor of his house

He wanted to donate his organs since a very young age

New Delhi, 18th November, 2022: In an act of nobility, a 14 year old brain dead boy donated his vital organs at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals to save lives of 6 people. Jyotiraditya Khanna, a class IX student and resident of Haridwar was declared dead due to severe brain and chest injuries after falling off the third floor of his house on 15th November, 2022.

With his condition deteriorating, the boy was referred to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi on 16th November, 2022. Here under the supervision of Dr Sudheer Kumar Tyagi, Senior Consultant, Neurology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi and Dr Rajesh Chawla, Senior consultant, pulmonology and critical care, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital he was admitted in the hospital. Post investigation, it was diagnosed that his brainstem reflexes were absent and he was declared brain dead. However amidst the loss, the family expressed the boy’s childhood wish of donating his organs and living through other people by saving lives. Following which his heart will be donated to a 44 year old retired Armyman, who was on his deathbed as his heart wasn’t able to pump blood properly. His corneas were donated to Dr Shroff Charity Eye Hospital. While one kidney would be transplanted into a 44 year old woman at Apollo Hospital, his second kidney will save life of 43 year old woman admitted at Jaipur Golden Hospital. His liver will be transplanted in two people, including an 8 year old boy and 54 year old man and lungs in 37 year old man from Punjab at Medanta Hospital.

Speaking about the same, Dr Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Pediatric cadaver donation is extremely rare. It’s a brave decision by Jyotiraditya’s family, particularly when they were still coming to terms with their loss. Their son has saved the lives of six people, including an 8-year-old boy with liver failure who only had a few days left to live.”

Dr Sudheer Kumar Tyagi, Senior Consultant, Neuro-surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi said, “When Jyotiraditya was brought to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, he was presented with multiple brain and chest injuries. Post investigation he was diagnosed with absence of brainstem reflexes basis which he was declared brain dead. Donating the organs posthumously is a very noble act to do and we are glad with the family’s decision. They have saved many lives.”

Dr Rajesh Chawla, Senior consultant, pulmonology and critical care, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, said, “Jyotiraditya Khanna was injured on November 15 and taken to Metro Hospital at Haridwar. He was brought to Delhi on Wednesday morning and was declared brain dead on investigation. His parents were counselled regarding organ donation and they gave their consent. All organs of the boy have been retrieved by doctors from various hospitals. The process of harvesting organs was done meticulously. The heart had to be transplanted within 4hours, the lungs within 6 hours, the liver within 12 hours and the kidney within 24 hours, hence three green corridors were created for transporting the organs to three hospitals.”

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