Youngest donor offers recent lease of life to 5

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 14

A 20-month-old baby from New Delhi has become India’s youngest cadaver donor, saving five lives in her death.

Dhanishtha from Rohini died from a balcony fall at her home on January 8. She was brought to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in a critical state, but could not be revived. The infant’s heart, liver, kidneys and both corneas were successfully retrieved by the hospital and used in five patients, all children.

Dhanishtha became eligible for cadaveric donation after she was declared brain dead by doctors on January 11. All her organs were in excellent condition when her parents Ashish Kumar and Babita decided to donate them to save lives.

Ashish Kumar says, “During our stay at the hospital, we met many patients in dire need of organs. Though we have lost our daughter, she will now live on in everyone whose lives her organs have saved.”

Gangaram Hospital chairman DS Rana hailed the family, saying their noble act would motivate others to donate.

At 0.26 per million, India has among the lowest rate of organ donation globally. On an average, 5 lakh Indians die every year due to lack of organs.

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