Kannada Actor Puneeth Rajkumar's Eyes Donated to Four People
Superstar Puneeth Rajkumar from Karnataka became third in his family to donate his eyes (after his father, the legendary actor Dr. Rajkumar in 2006 and his mother Parvathamma in 2017), as his brother, Raghavendra Rajkumar took the responsibility to honor his epitome.
Puneeth had sworn to donate his eyes to Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank, Narayana Nethralaya Eye Hospital, Rajajinagar, Bengaluru way back in 1994, which was launched by his father.
"Amidst the grief, Puneeth's brother Raghavendra Rajkumar called me and said that the family wants to donate his corneas. He was declared dead at 2.30 pm and the harvest was done at 2.45 pm.
His corneas were intact. They will be used for needy patients at the earliest," says Dr. Bhujang Shetty, chairperson of Narayana Netralaya and head of Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank.
Two corneal tissues were engrafted to four recipients using modern technology. “It is for the first time that such an experiment has been carried out successfully in Karnataka. The cornea of each eye was sliced into half, with the front portion given to one beneficiary and the second portion to another person. All the beneficiaries from Karnataka who have received the transplant are responding well after the operation”, Dr. Bhujang Shetty told the media. With the many fans of the star following him, this is bound to spread awareness of eye donation.
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