A 40-year-old woman’s noble gesture to donate organs of her brain dead husband at the PGI has saved five lives.
“Though he is no more with us, but his contribution to society has made him immortal, said Kashmir Kaur, the deceased’s wife.
Lauding the courage and contribution of the family, the PGI authorities waived the ICU fee of brain dead Kashmir Singh.
Kashmir Singh worked as a head constable with the Punjab Police and was posted at Nawanshahr.
Five patients, including one with heart failure, two others with renal failure (kidney) and another two with damaged cornea, have benefited from the transplant.
Kashmir Kaur, the donor’s wife, met the medical board of doctors at the PGI on Sunday and gave her consent for the donation.
“The doctors asked Kashmir Kaur if she was aware of the procedure and was convinced with harvesting of the organs. To which, she replied that being a public servant, her husband had seen the fate of several patients who could not survive due to organ failure and the lack of a suitable donor,” said Kashmir’s brother-in-law Satpal Saloh.
A native of Garhshankar in Hoshiaprur, Kashmir Singh was admitted to the PGI on July 31 after he met with an accident on July 30. He was referred from Ivy Hospital, Nawanshahr, to the PGI. He is survived by his wife and two children, a 17-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son.
“The institute acknowledges the spirit of Kashmir Singh’s family,” stated a PGI communiqué to the media. We must appreciate the doctors for motivating us,” said Kashmir’s brother-in-law Satpal.
The PGI has conducted more than 2,500 kidney transplants since the facility was first introduced in the 80s. The facility of liver transplant was introduced two years ago and six liver transplants had been conducted at the PGI so far. The first heart transplant was conducted at the PGIMER on Sunday after Kashmir Singh’s wife agreed to donate her husband’s organs.