Himself heart- broken, still had heart to save others
Date of Donation: 23rd February, 2018
“Gagandeep Singh, all of 18, from Jalalabad, district Fazilka, Punjab was a picture of life itself…lively, sporty and in the pink of health. He had a smile that would light up any room he walked into and had a heart of gold. Even at this young age, he used to be the first one to help others without caring for his own comforts ever and even in his death, he remained true to his ‘caring and giving’ nature’ by saving others.”
The day of 18th February started like any other normal day for Malkit Singh but his world crashed as the evening dawned when he got the tragic news of his son being grievously injured in head on collision with a tractor trolley, while pillion riding on a two wheeler with a friend. However, God’s will can’t be questioned and all the efforts to save Gagandeep proved futile as he finally succumbed to his injuries and declared brain dead on 22nd February.
“Everything came crashing down,” recalled grief stricken Malkit Singh, shell-shocked father of deceased Gagandeep. “Then the transplant coordinators at PGIMER talked to us about organ donation. The idea of having a chance to save someone else’s life made sense to us-even though we didn’t have the heart to take Gagandeep off life support.”
“Then we asked ourselves what Gagandeep would have wished. My son definitely would have wanted someone to have more time to spend with his loved ones. We felt as if he himself is saying us to ‘go ahead ‘ with the decision and that very feeling made us consent for his organ donation which gave fresh lease of life to three terminally ill patients with the transplantation of liver and kidneys at PGIMER”, shared the brave heart father Malkit Singh.