2 saved by kidneys of dead girl who consumed poison making a world first
It is probably for the first time in the world a case in which kidneys have been harvested from a patient inspite of poisoning and cardiac death. The incident took place at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi.
A 19 year old girl committed suicide in Delhi and her kidneys were transplanted to two patients suffering from renal disorders.
Earlier this week the girl following an argument with her parents attempted suicide. She consumed the insecticide kept at home and it led to decreased level of consciousness. The class XII girls was rushed to hospital and her condition turned serious. She was declared brain dead on Wednesday.
The transplant coordinators then approached the parents seeking permission for organ donation. Dr Anup Kumar who is also the nodal officer said that her parents who were in a state of shock gave the consent.
One of the recipients, a 39 year-old woman, was on dialysis at Safdarjung hospital for three years after her kidney failed. "She won't have lived for more than two years without the transplant. Shakuntala gave her a new lease of life," Kumar said. The other kidney transplant took place at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. Shakuntala's father, still in a state of shock yet proud that she saved two lives in death, told TOI: "She always stood first in class. We were so sure she would make us proud one day but then this tragedy happened." He said police helped in speeding up the process of harvesting and transplanting the organs.