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Organ Harvest On Brain Dead Boy Brings Comfort To Five Persons

by Medindia Content Team on November 23, 2007 at 3:51 PM
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Organ Harvest On Brain Dead Boy Brings Comfort To Five Persons

Through multiple-organ donation, a six-year-old boy from Chidambaram who was declared brain dead has given fresh hope to at least three persons and vision to two others.

M. Sivakumar , son of S. Murali, a retired Air Man of the Indian Air Force, was declared brain dead Sunday last. His eyes, kidneys and liver were harvested at Apollo Hospitals.

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Mr. Murali had taken voluntary retirement after 20 years of service in the technical wing of the Air Force. His wife M. Sivakumari, a teacher of Kamarajar Matriculation Higher Secondary School and he had taken the decision to donate the organs of Sivakumar, their second son, the media was informed.

Murali was a recipient of a kidney (donated by his brother) and this probably inspired him to do the same through his son.

Last Thursday , Sivakumar, a Standard I student of the Kamarajar school, took ill all of a sudden .After complaining of discomfort, he went on to develop fits. His father who had gone for a monthly check at the Air Force Hospital in Bangalore , rushed back to Chidambaram and got him admitted at the Rajah Sir Muthiah Medical College Hospital at Annamalai Nagar.
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As Sivakumar's pulse rate dipped fast, he was referred to Mehta's Hospital at Chetpet, Chennai and put on life-support system. It was later diagnosed that the hapless boy had succumbed to a block in the heart.

By Saturday night, after the mandatory tests, doctors declared him brain dead.

To honor the memory of their beloved son , Sivakumar's parents decided to donate his organs. Sivakumar was then taken to Apollo Hospitals where his eyes, kidneys and liver were harvested.

According to Murali , in keeping with medical ethics the hospitals have refused to divulge the details about the recipients.

Still , they did learn that the eyes were donated to Sankara Nethralaya, one kidney to a person from Neyveli and the other to a person in Chennai . Sivakumar's liver was given to an eight-year-old boy in Delhi.

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