53-year old R. Parthiban, son of P. Mariappan, residing at B.P. Agraharam, Erode, was walking in the road, when a two wheeler hit him on 10.2.2015 at 9.15 p.m. As a result, the bystanders rushed him in an ambulance to a hospital in Erode, where he was given first aid.

Subsequently, he was referred to KG Hospital.

A team of specialists of KG Hospital did their best to save the accident victim, but their efforts were futile.

He was declared ‘brain dead’ after the brain scans revealed significant dysfunction of the brain. The first declaration of ‘brain death’ was made on 11.2..2015 at 5.10 p.m. and the second declaration of ‘brain death’ was made on 12.2.2015 at 1.15 p.m. by the Chief Neurosurgeon, Dr. M. Natarajan, and Chief Neurologist, Dr. T.C.R. Ramakrishnan.

The patient’s relatives were informed about the brain death situation. The Cadaver Transplant Coordinator of KG Hospital, Mr. C.B. Chandrasekaran, and his team swung into action immediately and discussed with the significant relatives of the victim regarding the option of organ donation by getting himself fully involved in the whole process and convinced them for voluntary donation of the organs of the victim.

The victim was a peon in Corporation Office, Erode. His wife is a home maker. He has two daughters and one son.

Multi organ harvesting was performed on 12.2.2015 by the doctors of K.G. Hospital, which included:

” Dr. V.P. Shanmugasundaram, Chief Surgeon

” Dr. Ilangovan Veerappan, Chief Nephrologist

” Dr. P. Srinivasa Reddy, Cardiac Surgeon

” Dr. N.M. Balakrishnan, Urologist

” Dr. R. Senthilkumar and Dr. A. Selvakumar, Anesthesiologists, & OT team,

” Dr. J. Jayashakeela & Dr. Baby Kavitha, Intensivists, & ICU team,

” Dr. Manoj Ramachandran, Chief Ophthalmologist

” Dr. Nirmala, Assistant Nephrologist

” Dr. S. Ramaswamy, Associate Nephrologist

under the leadership of Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, K.G. Hospital.

Accordingly, the harvested organs were donated as under on 12.2.2015 as under:

” 1 kidney each to K.G. Hospital, Coimbatore and KMCH, Coimbatore

” Liver to Apollo Hospital, Chennai

” Heart valves to Madras Medical Mission, Chennai

” 2 eyes to Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore

Cadaver transplantation gives a new lease of life to the recipients of various organs. There is an imminent need to propagate the importance of cadaver transplantation which can save lives.

The awareness about brain death and organ donation has significantly increased in Tamil Nadu, which is the frontrunner for this in the country. People increasingly are volunteering to donate their organs nowadays, compared to the situation a few years before.

Dr. G. Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, profusely thanked the donor’s family members for taking such a timely decision to donate the vital organs to those needing the same.

Dr. Bakthavathsalam also appreciated the role played by each and every one in the hospital in making this cadaver programme a smooth affair.

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