A paper entitled ‘Current state of acceptance of brain stem death and organ donation in India’ co-authored by NATCO member Ms. Sujatha Suriyamoorthi along with Dr. Sumana Navin of MOHAN Foundation, has been published in the Amrita Journal of Medicine.
The paper traces how brain death has been understood since the passing of THOA in 1994 and recommends interventions to help improve knowledge, attitude, and practice of the public and healthcare professionals toward brain death and organ donation in India.
Pediatric cornea donation at Indore
When all of India was in a celebratory mode of New Year, I was spending time with a young mother – Mrs Narayan. The parents work at the State Bank of India and the child’s father was in Guna. Ayansh, her 3 year old boy, had undergone a major heart surgery earlier in Bengaluru and had been admitted in Bombay Hospital, Indore. The baby was in critical condition and despite all efforts Ayansh could not be saved. He left this earth on Jan 1, 2022.
The brave mother voluntarily approached me for cornea donation. Despite the absence of her husband she took the gracious decision of donating corneas of her beloved son. I spoke with the father and got his consent.
This toddler’s corneas have given the Gift of Sight to two others in Indore. I admire that despite all the emotions and trauma, Mr. and Mrs. Vibhakar Narayan stood firm for the donation.