In a poignant display of compassion, the family of a 76-year-old woman, who tragically fell down the stairs at her home in Delhi's Sangam Vihar and was subsequently declared brain dead at Delhi-AIIMS, opted to donate her organs, offering hope to those awaiting transplants.
Premwati's journey began with a fall at her residence, leading to her admission to Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC), AIIMS, on February 3, 2024. Despite the dedicated medical attention she received, her condition deteriorated, and she was pronounced brain dead on February 4, 2024.
Guided with empathy by counselors from the Organ Retrieval Banking Organization (ORBO) at AIIMS, the family made a unanimous decision amidst their grief to donate Premwati's organs, recognizing the opportunity to save lives through their altruistic act.
Dr. Aarti Vij, the Professor in-charge of ORBO at AIIMS, commended the family's compassionate choice during such a trying time. Their decision not only holds the potential to save lives but also brings comfort to their own hearts in the face of loss.
The coordinated efforts of various medical professionals, including physicians, neurosurgeons, anesthetists, transplant teams, counselors, technicians, administrators, as well as support from forensic and police departments, ensured the seamless management of organ donation and counseling services.
The organs retrieved, including the liver and kidneys, were allocated to recipients through the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO). Additionally, corneas were preserved at AIIMS, New Delhi. Furthermore, AIIMS also facilitated the retrieval of four corneas from cardiac death donors in the past 24 hours.