After being declared brain dead, 20-month-old toddler saves 5 lives, becoming India's youngest cadaver donor.
A 20-month-old toddler from Rohini, Delhi has served a noble cause far beyond her years. Dhanishtha has become India's youngest cadaver donor, saving five lives. Her heart, kidneys and corneas were retrieved at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
On the evening of January 8, Dhanishtha had fallen from the first-floor balcony of her home while playing and became unconscious. The parents rushed her to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, but despite all efforts could not be saved. The doctors termed her condition as "irreversible" and declared her brain dead on January 11. All other organs were functioning well.
The toddler's parents - Ashish Kumar and Babita - decided to donate the organs, despite their irreplaceable loss. During their stay in the hospital, the couple had met many patients who required organs. Hence, the couple resolved to use their precious child's organs in a noble way, rather than burying/cremating her. Ashish Kumar stated, even though they lost their daughter, yet she continues to live through others - giving or improving their lives.
DS Rana, Chairman of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital applauded the act done by the couple. HE further added that, at 0.26 million, India has the lowest rate of organ donation. Approximately, five lakh Indians die every year due to lack of organs.
One of the beneficiaries is a 5-month-old Yemeni boy, who was on the verge of dying. With Dhanishtha's donated heart, the heart transplant operation was successful. Her liver was transplanted in a 9-month-old baby at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences. Her kidneys were used en bloc for a transplant in a 34-year-old man. Whereas, her corneal tissues were kept at the Ganga Ram Hospital for future use.
Dr Manish N Mehta, Co-Chairman and Chief Liver Transplant Surgeon of Sri Gangaram Hospital stated, the number of transplant and cadaver availability is very less. Only 20-30 per cent are cadaver donors. From a bigger perspective, almost 20,000 patients are waiting for a liver transplant.