Indian Transplant Newsletter Vol. 8 Issue NO.: 26 (Feb-Jun 2008)
Courage under fire
Indian Transplant Newsletter.
Vol. 8 Issue NO.: 26 (Feb-Jun 2008)
Print ISSN 0972 - 1568
For Mr. S. Murali, a retired airman of the Indian Air Force, and his wife, M. Sivakumari, facing up to the death of their six-year-old son, M. Sivakumar was the ultimate test of courage. While at home in Chidambaram, Sivakumar, a Standard I student of the Kamarajar School, took ill all of a sudden and developed fits. He was admitted to Rajah Sir Muthiah Medical College Hospital at Annamalai Nagar. With his pulse rate declining fast, Sivakumar was referred to Mehta Hospital at Chetpet, Chennai and put on a life-support system. However, his condition deteriorated and after conducting the mandatory tests, the doctors declared Sivakumar brain dead.
Mr. Murali, who took voluntary retirement after 20 years of service in the technical wing of the Air Force, and his wife M. Sivakumari, a teacher at Kamarajar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, took the decision to donate the organs of Sivakumar. Being the recipient of a kidney (donated by his brother), Mr. Murali was aware of the huge significance of the gesture and the difference it would make to patients fi ghting to live a normal life. It was a hard decision for the couple, but they wanted their young child’s short life to be meaningful. They did not want his “life” to be wasted and so they decided to donate his organs. The eyes, kidneys and liver were then retrieved at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. The eyes were donated to Sankara Nethralaya, one kidney was transplanted to a person from Neyveli and the other to a person in Chennai and the liver to an eight-year-old boy in Delhi.
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