India's second-youngest organ donor saves a patient with end-stage kidney disease at PGIMER, Chandigarh
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh bore witness to a magnanimous and courageous family who donated the kidneys of their baby who was just over a month old. Baby Ababat Kaur Sandhu, 39 days old, became the country's second youngest organ donor on 25th November 2020. The youngest donor at PGIMER was a 70-hour-old boy, whose kidneys were donated in February 2020.
Baby Ababat Kaur Sandhu was born on 28th October 2020 and was diagnosed with congenital brain anomalies. Her parents realised that her chances of survival were bleak and brought her to PGIMER on 25th November, but the baby did not survive. The parents grieved the loss of their newborn but amidst their grief, they wanted to change the ending to someone's story by donating her kidneys and seeing their daughter living through someone else in this world. The donated kidneys gave a new lease of life to a 15-year-old boy from Patiala who was suffering from end-stage kidney disease. Both kidneys were transplanted into the boy because of the small size of infant kidneys. “Retrieving organs from children for transplant is rare. It is even more uncommon for young children with congenital anomalies,” said Prof Ashish Sharma, Head, Department of Renal Transplant Surgery, PGIMER.
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