In a poignant display of courage, the family members of a 54-year-old man, declared brain dead at AIIMS Trauma Centre on November 15, 2023, have conveyed a heartening message to the community.
In a truly touching demonstration of compassion and selflessness, the family of Mr. Rakesh, a 54-year-old man from Badarpur, New Delhi, has made a noble decision. This selfless act has the potential to save multiple lives and stands as a poignant reminder that the gift of life knows no boundaries.
Following the injury on the evening of November 11, 2023, Mr. Rakesh was brought to the Emergency Department, Trauma Centre, AIIMS.
Mr. Rakesh received immediate medical attention, despite the best efforts and treatment provided; he was declared brain dead on November 15, 2023.
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ORBO counselors compassionately conveyed the concept of brain death and organ donation to the family, providing them with the essential time to engage in discussions and thoughtful consideration regarding this pivotal decision.
Following heartfelt discussions and a profound awareness of the potential impact their decision could have on others, the family came together in unity to honor Mr. Rakesh's legacy through organ donation.
Admiring the family for their selfless decision, Dr. Aarti Vij, Prof. In-Charge, Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation (ORBO) at AIIMS said, “Rakesh's family's decision to donate organs in the face of this grief exemplifies the incredible potential for humanity that resides within each of us. This selfless act and love have the power to heal not only the recipients, but also the grieving hearts of the donor's family. The seamless coordination of brain death certification, donor organ management, and compassionate counselling was executed with precision by the team at ORBO, physicians, neurosurgeons, anesthetists, coordinators, technicians, administrators, forensic and police departments, and nurse coordinators.”
“The skilled transplant team and support staff played a crucial role, ensuring every aspect was executed with utmost care and dedication”, Dr. Vij added.
The son of the deceased, Mr. Manoj said that that his father, a benevolent soul, was a kindhearted individual who always extended help to those in need.
The retrieved organs were allocated to individuals in need through the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation's (NOTTO) network. His liver, along with one kidney, were allocated to RR Hospital, while the other kidney was allocated to AIIMS New Delhi. Heart valves and corneas are banked at AIIMS New Delhi.