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26 Year Old Accident Victim Gifts a Life To Three at Apollo Hospitals
- 26 year old involved in road traffic accident declared brain dead
- Mother took the selfless decision to donate her son’s organs
- Three patients at Apollo receive a heart, liver and kidney each
New Delhi, April 17th 2018: Ashutosh was like any other 26 year old man. But for his family and friends he was the most caring and loving person, who wanted to do something big in life. And that is how he will always be remembered by everyone. Even in tragic death, Ashutosh did exactly that by giving a second lease of life to four critically ill people.
An MBA student, Ashutosh Sharma was doing his internship with a Delhi-based company. On April 7th, while commuting to his office, he met with an accident and was admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in a critical condition. While the doctors did their best to revive him, his condition kept deteriorating and on April 12th he stopped showing any brain stem reflex activity. Even after best possible treatment, Ashutosh was declared brain dead on April 15th.
While the family was unable to cope with the loss of their only son, they decided to take a step which made Ashutosh immortal. Ashutosh’s mother agreed to donate his heart, liver and both the kidneys.
“Ashutosh’s family consented to donate his heart, liver and kidneys to other patients. While his heart was donated to a 33 year male patient diagnosed with very poor heart function. His liver was transplanted to a 49 year old person. One of the kidneys was given to a 49 year old person who was suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and was on dialysis. His second kidney was donated to another person in a different hospital,” said Dr. Bhabha Nanda Das, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital.
A team headed by Dr. Das performed the complicated heart transplant procedure at the hospital in a four hour-long surgery. While liver and kidney transplant procedures were undertaken by Dr. Neerav Goyal and Dr. S. N. Mehta, respectively. One of the kidneys was transplanted at another hospital through the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO).
All three recipients at Apollo Hospitals have started to show signs of improvement and are being regularly monitored by a team of specialist doctors.
Hospital staff praised the determination shown by Ashutosh’s family, particularly her mother. “It is a tough decision for any family. But in this case his mother has shown exemplary courage and determination. Even in her loss, she is happy that her son is the reason for a new lease of life for four people. We salute the family for their courageous decision and we hope this starts a movement where organ donation becomes the accepted norm. Today more than ever, we need to create awareness on organ donation to save millions of patients suffering from end stage organ failure. Our doctors and staff members worked with diligence to ensure a successful outcome of the three very complex transplant procedures,” said Mr. Ashok Bajpai, Managing Director, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.
Note to Editors:
- India has amongst the lowest ratio of organ donation in the country
- More than 5 lakh people die every year because of non-availability of organs. Out of that 50,000 die from heart diseases.
- While more than a lakh people waits for kidney transplant every year, only 5,000 manage to get a donor
About Apollo Hospitals:
It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital - Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program.
As Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 9,215 beds across 64 Hospitals, 2,500 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 110 plus Telemedicine Centres and 80 plus Apollo Munich Insurance branches spanning the length and breadth of the Country.
In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo's contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 30 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.
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