Real heroes: Brain-dead Mandya farmer’s vital organs donated
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Real heroes: Brain-dead Mandya farmer’s vital organs donated

June 30, 2021

Mysore/Mysuru: There are very few selfless people whose will to help others never ends even when they themselves are in pain. One such example has been set by the family of a farmer in Mandya who was declared brain dead. The family did not think twice before donating his heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and other vital organs to those in need.

P. Ramakrishna (50), a native of Ajjahalli in Maddur taluk in Mandya, met with an accident near the Check- Post at Srirangapatna four days back. He was coming to Mysuru on a bike when a speeding vehicle rammed against his two-wheeler. He was rushed to Suyog Hospital at Ramakrishnanagar where a CT scan was conducted when doctors found that Ramakrishna was critically injured. 

Despite being treated for two days, Ramakrishna did not respond to the treatment and was declared brain dead. Accordingly, the parents were informed and in spite of being in deep pain of losing a loved one, the family decided to donate his organs. 

Ramakrishna was healthy before the incident and further tests confirmed his eligibility for organ donation. The family was counselled and the procedures were explained to them as per the defined protocol.

Not wasting time, the Suyog Hospital authorities coordinated with BGS Global Hospital at Kengeri in Bengaluru to facilitate the procedures of organ transplant. P.J. Arun Kumar, Senior Manager (Operations), Suyog Hospital told Star of Mysore that an ambulance with ventilator support was prepared to shift Ramakrishna to Bengaluru.

Simultaneously, the Police of Mysuru, Mandya and Bengaluru were informed about the necessity of a Green Corridor. The Mysuru Police, along with their counterparts at Srirangapatna, Mandya, Maddur and Kengeri created a corridor free of traffic signals to facilitate transfer of the patient. This system is also referred to as the Green Corridor wherein all the traffic lights on the particular route are lit green.

Ambulance driver 24-year-old Darshan, who is an expert in handling such cases, was summoned to shift the patient. The journey began from Ramakrishnanagar in Mysuru at around 4.30 pm and reached Bengaluru within two hours so that the organs could be retrieved.

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As per the organ donation protocol, officials from Jeeva Sarthakathe, which was earlier known as ZCCK or Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka, for organ transplant, initiated the process in accordance with the waiting list of organ recipients, said sources.  However, details are not available on the recipients, who had registered with Jeeva Sarthakathe and were waiting for the organs.

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