Donor Story “Life” - Ramya's Legacy
Ramya, a 15 year-old girl, was a young and energetic school-going student. She was loved by all her friends and relatives. Ramya and her two siblings, a brother and a sister, belonged to a poor family from Gudiyatham in the state of Tamil Nadu. Her father was a daily wage worker working in the 'Beedi' industry. Despite their financial problems Ramya's father wanted her to study as she showed great interest in academics and was a bright student in school.
On Wednesday 22 June 2011, Ramya reached home after school, but decided to return when her friend told her that scholarship forms were being distributed. This turned out to be extremely unfortunate for her. As she was on her way back to school on her bicycle along with her friends, a four wheeler allegedly hit her. Ramya sustained severe head injury and she was rushed to CMC Vellore by the people who were there at the accident spot. When the family heard about Ramya's accident they were deeply shocked and were unable to accept the fact that their daughter was critically injured. After initial treatment at Vellore, she was shifted to the Government General Hospital Chennai, but nothing could be done to save her life.
On 24 June 2011, Ramya was declared brain dead in the Government General Hospital. When the doctors told Ramya's parents that she was brain dead, they were not in a state to comprehend it fully. The transplant co-ordinators from MOHAN Foundation stayed with the family, counselled them and explained the concept of brain death to them once again. The family was grief stricken when they heard that their loved one was no more. The transplant co-ordinators then gently spoke to Ramya's grandfather and her parents about organ donation. The family gave consent for organ donation through which they saved six lives. The heart, liver, kidneys, and eyes were donated on 26 June 2011. Ramya's parents draw comfort from the fact that their daughter is still living in those six people
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