True to her name, 24-year-old donor Muskan from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, spreads smiles even in her passing as her family’s magnanimous decision of organ donation resulted in saving lives of two patients suffering from end stage renal failure and
battling for life.
The retrieved corneas from the donor restored the sight of another two patients; thereby impacting four lives in all with the donor family’s heart-warming gesture of organ donation here
Lauding the brave-heart family for their exemplary courage amid their own tragedy, Professor Vivek Lal, Director PGIMER stated, “When the family has the courage to consent for organ donation despite their unbearable grief, it becomes our moral responsibility to translate their noble wish into reality through transplantation. Let this be a humble tribute from PGIMER’s end to the departed soul and brave-heart donor family.”
It was the fateful day of 27th October, when Muskan suddenly fell unconscious at her home. Initially admitting her in a local hospital, the family rushed her to PGIMER in an extremely critical condition on the next day,
However, the incessant efforts by the attending doctors and the ardent prayers of the family proved futile as Muskan could not be retrieved from her precarious condition and subsequently her 20 days’ long struggle came to an end, when she was declared brain dead on 15th November after following the protocols as per THOA.
Post the declaration of Muskan being brain dead, the transplant coordinator at PGIMER approached Gajender Yadav, father of deceased Muskan to request if he could consider organ donation. The brave-heart Gajender Yadav along with his courageous wife Savita Yadav showcased immense grit and consented for organ donation.
Though finding it difficult to come to terms with reality, the bereaved father Gajender Yadav said, “My daughter was the life line of the family. We can never forget her smile, her laughter. She used to make alive even the dullest of the moments. Even in her passing also, she infused life in others through organ donation. I also learnt that only a minuscule number of people in India donate organs. I appeal to everyone to take this noble step and save lives.”
Recounting his sentiments, Prof. Vipin Koushal, Medical Superintendent PGIMER cum Nodal Officer, ROTTO (North) said, “We at PGIMER salute the deceased donor and her family for having realized the value of organ donation and giving life to ailing patients. The clockwork precision of all the medical teams made this donation a reality. This should encourage more people to come forward and get themselves registered for organ donation to save more lives.”
Before the transplants, both the matching recipients were suffering from the last stage of debilitating kidney ailment and had been dependent on dialysis for long.
The deceased’s kidney was used for two terminally ill renal failure patients, giving them a second chance to life and the corneas were used for another two patients, restoring their sight here in PGIMER.