Indian Transplant Newsletter. Volume 22 Issue 3, October 2023 - December 2023
Print ISSN 0972 - 1568

Stories of Souls that Light up the World and Lives

Sunil Shroff
Indian Transplant Newsletter. 2023 Oct-Dec; 22(3):p16
Print ISSN 0972 - 1568

A Helpline That Saves Lives

Affectionately known as 'Amma', Mrs. Padma Shankar Rao would have celebrated her 90th birthday in December 2023. Her life was a celebration, marked by an unbridled zest for living. Alongside indulging in her favorite TV series on Hotstar, she relished the flavors of life through pizzas, burgers, samosas, and batata vadas. In her younger years, she not only mastered the art of culinary delights but also exuded a perfectionism that extended to maintaining her home, rendering it not only impeccably clean but also a haven of warmth for her beloved family. She took immense pride and joy in the remarkable achievements of her grandchildren.

Mrs. Padma Shankar Rao(89 years)

Amma passed away on Nov 6, 2023.

Her son, Mr. Kirti Rao shared, "In honor of her memory and her benevolence, we felt compelled to make a meaningful contribution. We wished to donate her corneas. We reached out to MOHAN Foundation via their Helpline Number 1800 103 7100."

“A compassionate counsellor explained the donation process. Given her age, corneas were not considered for therapeutic purposes; however, we could proceed with her skin donation. In this way, Amma's legacy continues to touch lives, having been able to provide vital assistance to burn victims."

Farewell, Amma, your kindness lives on.


Second Deceased Donation in Manipur

Mr. K. Romen Kumar Singh, aged 31, worked as a driver and hailed from Kongpal Kshetri Leikai, Imphal-East, Manipur. His commitment to hard work was evident as he strived to provide for his small family. In an unexpected turn of events, Mr. Romen suffered a stroke, which led to his hospitalization. Sadly, he was declared brain dead a few days later.

Mr. K. Romen Kumar Singh(31 years)

His wife, who was looking after their two-month-old twin babies, was not informed about her husband's condition. Mr. Romen's siblings who were counselled for organ donation found themselves helpless amid the turmoil. The family decided to bring Mr. Romen's wife to the hospital to participate in the decision-making process regarding organ donation.

With a heavy heart, the wife expressed her willingness to proceed with organ donation, stating, "Even though I couldn't save him, at least his kidneys will be alive in someone else's body." Mr. Romen's elder brother added, "It is a heart-breaking moment to accept that he is leaving behind his wife and two-month-old babies, but we cannot do anything other than donating his organs and leave a legacy for his children."

Romen Kumar Singh will forever be remembered for his noble deed of organ donation, and his family for their selfless gesture during the darkest period of their lives.

To cite : Shroff S. Project Gift Hope, Gift Life. Stories of Souls that Light up the World and Lives. Indian Transplant Newsletter. 2023 Oct-Dec; 22(3):p16.
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