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Couple's timely decision to donate organs of only son saves five lives , TIMES OF INDIA
  • 04, Sep 2013

  • COIMBATORE: A noble decision by a construction worker and his wife to donate the organs of their 25-year-old BSc computer science graduate will give a new lease of life to five people awaiting vital organs. M Rajagopal (25) was declared brain dead on Monday after he was brought with serious head injuries sustained when his motorcycle collided with another bike on L&T Bypass near Chettipalayam on Monday while he was returning with his friend Manoj. They were rushed to Sree Abirami Hospital in Sundarapuram where it was confirmed that Rajagopal would not survive.

    "They were returning home from a temple visit when their two-wheeler collided with another bike parked along the roadside. Rajagopal was the only son and his parents were entirely banking their hopes on him," said A Balachandran, the deceased's cousin brother.

    Rajagopal's father Maruthachalam is a construction worker while his mother Kalavathi is a housewife. The family stays in Sivanandapuram near Saravanampatti. As soon as the doctors proposed the idea of harvesting the vital organs of their son, they agreed and all arrangements were done. It was decided that the two kidneys would be harvested and one was allotted to a recipient at SPT Hospital in Coimbatore city itself. The liver tissues were to be donated to a four and half year old child undergoing treatment at Global Hospital in Chennai. The eyes were donated to Aravind Eye Hospital. The hospital authorities informed police as it was expected that the harvesting of organs would be conducted by late evening and the organs would have to be transported to the recipients at the other hospitals during the peak late evening traffic hours. However, the medical team from Chennai was delayed due to some logistical issues with their specially chartered flight and the harvesting could begin only at night.

    "Initially, we had planned an elaborate arrangement since the organs were to be taken to SPT hospital in Gandhipuram and then flown to Chennai between 5pm and 7pm. But it got delayed and we had to change plans as the medical team from Chennai arrived late," said Saravanan, inspector traffic west, Coimbatore City Police.

    However, 15 sub inspectors and 40 policemen were deployed on Madhukkarai route towards Gandhipuram and the city airport to facilitate smooth transport of the organs though there will not be major traffic during night hours. Two police vehicles with sirens will escort the ambulance bearing the harvested vital organs.

    "We started preparing for the procedure immediately after the parents gave their consent after informing the concerned doctors and authorities," said Dr R Senthilkumar, part of the organ harvesting team.

    According to authorities at Abhirami, the liver will be harvested and taken to the airport to be flown to Chennai by midnight. The organ harvesting is being performed by a team of 10 doctors headed by Dr P Periyaswamy, Urologist, Abirami Hospital.

    Rajagopal had completed his BSc in Computer Science from CBM College in Kovai Pudur and was working with Digital Nirvam Information Systems on KGISL campus when he met with his untimely death.
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