Chandigarh, Date of Donation: 10th July, 2018
In an exemplary gesture, the parents of an 11month-old baby from Sector 45, Chandigarh donated his organs, giving a new lease of life to a terminally ill renal failure patient here at PGIMER. This makes the baby the youngest donor in PGIMER’s transplant history so far since the cadaver renal transplant program initiated in 1996.
When the attending doctors broke the news to young parents Geeta and Lakshman that their beloved son Pritam wouldn’t pull through here at PGIMER, they knew they didn’t want his death to be in vain. “It’s something no family should have to go through. We said yes to Organ Donation because we knew this could help some one else and they wouldn’t need to go through the heartache that we were going through. We knew it was the right thing to do, ”said the grief stricken but brave-heart parents of angelic Pritam.
It was picture perfect moments for Geeta on 6th July. Her 11 month old cherubic son playing gleefully in his baby cot and she thoroughly enjoying his every gesture, every movement till in a split second, the little one rolled over and fell from the cot. Before Geeta could realize what had happened, her little one had already slipped into coma due to fatal head injury. The family immediately rushed the baby to the hospital.
“Incessant attempts to revive the baby proved futile, as Pritam continued to remain on ventilator. Finally, when the doctors called me and my wife Geeta, both of us instantly knew it was terrible news. We can’t blame anyone but our own destiny, “shared Lakshman, the father of donor infant, while trying to come to terms with the dark reality.
Following the consent of the parents, the baby’s kidneys were retrieved and transplanted to an adult. Though the first priority was pediatric recipients, however, the cross match identified an adult recipient so both the kidneys were transplanted to the same patient in view of the recipient’s age.