December 16, 2016
A 45-year-old female construction worker, who was declared brain dead, saved six lives here today.
Meenakshi was on the pillion of a two-wheeler driven by her husband, which collided with another two-wheeler coming from the opposite direction yesterday at Mettupalayam, Chairman of KG Hospital Dr. G. Bhakthavatsalam said in a press release today. The woman, who was thrown off the vehicle suffered severe head injury and was brought to the hospital in a critical condition.
After checking all the vital parameters and conducting the mandatory apnea examination the same evening, a panel of authorised doctors declared her brain dead.
After counselling, Meenakshi’s husband gave his consent, based on which the hospital management informed the Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu about the willingness of the victim’s husband to donate her organs.
The second apnea examination as mandatory, was conducted in the early hours of today and the procedures for harvesting the organs were initiated by a team of doctors headed by Dr. V.P.Shanmugasundaram, he said.
The harvested organs were allotted to five hospitals – heart and lungs to Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai, liver to Manipal Hospitals at Salem, Kidneys – one to KG Hospital and another to Sri Ramakrishna Hospital and Eyes to Sankara Nethralaya here.
The district authorities helped in creating a Green Corridor for the speedy and unhindered passage of the organs to the respective destinations.