Harshita…Helping others live
Seventeen-year-old Harshita was declared brain dead on April 29, 2011 at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. But today, she lives on through the lives of five other people to whom her organs were donated. Her parents Mahender Bharech and Asha took the magnanimous decision to donate their daughter's organs. Harshita was hospitalised for ulcerative colitis with bilateral hemorrhagic infarct. A decompression surgery was performed, but to no avail, and she was declared brain dead. Mr. Bharech said, “When the doctors at the hospital told us that our daughter was brain dead and that there was very little chance of even a miracle happening, I turned to my wife and son. My son told me I should let Harshita go and ensure that her organs were donated. His conviction on the issue made me sure that we were on the right path.” He added that the eyes of his father and mother were donated after their death as well. He now wanted to promote a powerful campaign for organ donation to ensure that there were more donors.
B.K.Rao, Chairman of Sir Ganga RamHospital's Management Board said,“Through her donation, Harshita has managed to save the lives of five other people. Doctors at the hospital were successful in retrieving her kidneys, liver, corneas and heart valves. Harshita's liver and one of her kidneys were successfully transplanted into two of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital's patients. The other organs were shared with other transplant centres in the city. Of course, it goes without saying that it required tremendous faith and goodwill on the part of Harshita's parents to make this gesture.
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