A 16-month-old baby, who died after a tragic fall, has given new life to many people by donating his organs.
On the morning of August 17, Rishant fell and suffered severe injuries. His father Upinder, who is a private contractor by profession, rushed him to a private hospital at Jamuna Park. He was later admitted to Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center (JPNATC), AIIMS on the same day. On August 24, Baby Rishant was declared brain dead by the hospital due to a severe head injury.
Doctor and transplant coordinators counseled the grief-stricken family and motivated them to donate Risdhan’s organs donation
“Baby Rishant was the sixth and youngest child. He was the apple of our eyes and very much loved by his parents and five elder sisters. I was busy leaving for work on the morning of the fateful day and could not even hold my baby in my arms. It breaks my heart that we have lost him. But I felt that if his organs can save other lives, then I must donate them,” Upinder said.
Rishant’s uncle said that memories of the baby will remain alive because of the organ donation.
“We donate food, clothes, and money to the needy. Today our child is no longer with us, only his memories and body remains. If his organs can help a needy person, then there is nothing better that can happen even in this misfortune,” he said.
Dr. Aarti Vij, Head of Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation (ORBO), AIIMS, said identification and management of a potential donor are important in successful transplantation.
“We have in place, a system of mandatory notification to ORBO. Also, there is an extension work behind every organ donation and transplantation. From obtaining the consent of the deceased’s family to retrieval of organs safely, allocation and transportation of organs, there are several teams at work,” she said.
“It is because of the effective and efficient coordination between many teams- treating physicians, transplant coordinators, transplant teams, OT team, forensic department, support departments, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) and police department that this is made possible,” said Dr. Aarti.