Down Memory Lane - ITN Vol 12, Issue 38, 2013
ITN Vol 12; Issue 38, 2013
Thoughts of a Donor Family – Living On...
A beautiful tribute to deceased donor Savita Harish by her sister-in-law Dr. Vidya Viswanath
“…This is a tribute to Savita Harish - a thirty-oneyear-old wife, an only child, a cheerful soft-spoken lady , a hard working professional, a friend in need, a cherished daughter-in-law – my brother's wife… Brain death is as complex as it is abrupt. Clinically, it is a decision taken over a set period of time by different neurologists. Emotionally for us, to see her on the hospital bed then, hooked on to tubes which kept her warm and maintained her parameters was agony , to convince ourselves to let go was pure anguish.
In this time of inexplicable sadness, it was heartrending when my brother and her parents announced, “Take whatever part of her can help another as this is what she would have wanted”. They were not medical graduates, but what they did that day and the manner in which they did it was truly humbling.
My family's loss is irreplaceable, but today we think of the one we loved - not as a fatal statistic in a road traffic accident, but as one of the 0.08 per million of organ donors we are privileged to have known and as one who is living on...”
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