A physician from Patiala, Dr. Kamal, has exemplified the essence of selflessness by choosing to donate his father’s organs, thereby saving two lives.
Nachhatter Singh (58), who was a resident of Patiala, was admitted to the PGIMER on January 9 following an intracranial bleed. Despite exhaustive medical efforts, his condition deteriorated and he was declared brain dead on January 16.
On being informed about the irrecoverable condition of Nachhatter Singh, Dr. Kamal, along with his mother, made the tough decision to donate his father’s organs. In the face of their own tragedy, this decision emphasizes the resilience and altruism that define the human spirit.
Prof. Vivek Lal, Director, PGIMER, expressed gratitude to the donor family, stating that the son, being a doctor himself, knew about organ donation, yet taking a call for organ donation amid your own grief of losing your father is far more generous than any eulogy or any words of gratitude. These are the people who instill confidence in humanity and make the PGIMER an inspiration.
Dr. Kamal, in an emotional reflection on his decision, said that losing his father is undoubtedly heartbreaking, but being able to contribute to the lives of others through organ donation brings a sense of purpose to this loss. His father’s legacy lives on in the lives he has saved.
Prof. Vipin Koushal, Medical Superintendent at PGIMER and Nodal Officer, ROTTO (North), acknowledged the donor family, accentuating their role in sustaining faith for the cadaver donation program. Furthermore, he stated that these families are the bedrock of the cadaver donation program as they sustain faith in the cause. The Nachhater’s story is a tale of resurrection, of good coming full circle.
The kidneys harvested from Nachhatter Singh were successfully transplanted into two patients suffering from end-stage kidney ailments at the PGIMER, providing a renewed lease of life. The recipients are recovering well and expressed gratitude to the donor family.
(Input from various sources)