Four Days Old Baby Becomes India’s Youngest Organ Donor

by VR Sreeraman on  July 14, 2010 at 6:37 PM Organ Donation News
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Kishore Kumar is a young Revenue Inspector in Mahabubnagar District, Andhra Pradesh. His wife, Hymavathi, a school teacher, delivered a pre-term female baby on 8th July at Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital, Hyderabad.  Although the infant was normal for two days, she developed complications, as a result of which, the doctors ventilated her, and informed the parents that the chances of survival of the child were remote.  Unfortunately, the baby expired on the morning of 12th July.  While the parents were still in a state of shock, uncle of the baby, (also named Kishore Kumar), who is a Reporter at Saakshi newspaper broached the subject of organ donation with his namesake. He took the initiative of calling MOHAN Foundation's CEO, Mr. Raghuram and enquired if the child's organs can be used.  Mr. Raghuram mentioned to him that her heart valves and eyes can be used. 
 Four Days Old Baby Becomes India’s Youngest Organ Donor
Four Days Old Baby Becomes India’s Youngest Organ Donor

Kishore Kumar, Saakshi Reporter, motivated his cousin and convinced him that the child's organs can give life to other children, and that he should consider this option.  He also spoke to other members of the family who responded positively as this was going to save lives of those unfortunate children that are suffering due to absence or underdeveloped heart valves, and give vision to two people.  After obtaining a consent from the family, Mr. Raghuram, CEO of MOHAN Foundation swung into action and had the baby shifted to Innova Hospital, Secunderabad, where her heart valves and eyes were retrieved under sterile conditions.

Unfortunately, some children are born with absence / under developed heart valves. These birth defects in the heart are called Pulmonary Atresia and Truncus Arteriosus etc. The babies born with such conditions do not have proper blood flow to the lungs. They need re-construction of blood vessel from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery (which supplies blood to the lungs). This can be done by harvesting heart valves from deceased donors. Obtaining small sized valves from the baby donors is very difficult and rare. Commercially available heart valve tubes are to be imported from abroad and are very expensive. Neonatal donors give a fresh lease of life to these unfortunate heart disease babies. 

Baby of Hymavathi and Kishore Kumar has managed a "big achievement" in her "short span of life".  Her heart valves will breathe life in two children and two patients will enjoy the beauties of this world. 

Submitted by K. Raghuram
MOHAN Foundation
Mob : 040 66 369369/9392 456 355

Contact details of family : Mr. Kishore Kumar (Uncle) 9704 013 336.

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Salutations to the Parents for being so kind, in spite of the profound grief.

Hello, Myself Kranthi Kumar, younger brother of Mr. Kishore Kumar[Father of 4-days-old-baby becomes India's Youngest-ORGAN-DONOR. First of all am very much thankful and happy to see the article, 4-days-old-baby becomes India's Youngest-ORGAN-DONOR at your site. On thursday 8th of july'2010 baby was born at dot 12pm. After delivery within 5 minutes doctor came with the baby and shown to all our family members abd told that it was a baby-girl. Instantly my brother Mr. Kishore Kumar told that our grand mother had re-born as his daughter. she was looking healthy and the baby opened her one eye and blinking the other eye, even baby was opening her mouth. with such expressions she was looking naughty and like an Angel. All our family members were completely in joy and there were no boundaries for our happiness. Immediately the baby was shifted to the incubator division. After 2 days some complications were raised like respiration problem, jaundice, improper digestion, fitts, brain damage, heart beat rate was subsequently decreased from 110 per minute to 60 to 50 per minute and so on. The situation which our baby was facing/fighting, it was completely breaking all our family members hearts and our souls were throbbing. we requested the doctors do anything but we want our baby to be back healthy and out-off all the complications. Even the baby was kept on ventilators from third day. Above all the things we had a great belief, hope that our child will recover soon or it might take some time. All the complications about baby were not updated/reported and completely kept as a secret with my bhabhi(Mrs. Kishore]. And we were telling her that the baby is healthy and she can carry her home while she gets discharged from the hospital. We wished for the speed recovery and all of a sudden heard the news. The news was "baby is no more". After hearing that our baby was expired at 7am on monday 14th july' 2010, we all were completely shocked. It seemed like everything was stopped for a movement. After realizing the fact about the baby's death,Mr. Kishore,Sakshi reporter suggested us and initiated about the organ donation. Initially we were confused. After my father Mr. K. Sudharshana Chary, Police dept, said infact it was a great idea and better to initiate the things at the earliest time for the better usage of the organs. Am very much Thank full to Mr.Kishore,Sakshi reporter. Thanks and Regards Kranthi Kumar


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