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"We want her to stay alive" : Mumbai parents donate their 3-month-old baby’s organs

The parents have urged the state to relax the rules of organ donation so that they can gift their precious baby’s organs to someone who can truly live on with them

A rare case of tragedy, hope, and love has started off a national search for possible matches so that a newborn’s organs can be successfully implanted.

In a tragic incident that struck a young family, a three-month-old baby girl who has been declared brain dead in the aftermath of a car accident will most likely continue to keep others alive, as her parents want to donate her organs.

The incident took place in Amravati, Maharashtra. The couple, Dr  Umesh Savarkar, a gynaecologist, and his wife Dr Ashwini, a pathologist from Nagpur, was sitting inside the car as their driver was opening the gates to their home, which is when a speeding car hit theirs, causing serious injuries to the mother and the infant.

While the mother suffered some injuries, three-month-old Meera could not be saved. On learning of the baby’s passing away, the mother mentioned about ‘organ donation’ and the parents soon requested the medical staff to do the needful, so that they could donate the baby’s organs.

Pic courtesy: Times of India

Meera was the couple’s firstborn, and even though the parents are shattered, they want to see Meera live on through someone else.

Currently, the guidelines in India about declaring babies who are less than a year old as brain dead are still not very clearly defined.

In such a situation, the parents have urged the state to relax the rules of organ donation so that they can gift their precious baby’s organs to someone who can truly live on with them.

Following this, a national hunt has already begun, and a possible match may have been found for a patient in Max Hospital, New Delhi.

While this unfortunate incident is truly a case of a rare determination on the part of the parents, here are a few things you too can keep in mind about organ donation, something that can be a gift of life.

Steps for organ donation in India

At the moment, India has a huge shortage of organ donors, as a result of which many people succumb to their injuries.

  • You can download an organ donation form from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website government of India (mohfw.nic.in) or check with your local hospital.
  • You can also approach other organ donation agencies and get a donor card. You can search online for registered organ donation agencies in India and get in touch with one in your state.
  • In case you wish to donate a loved one’s organs after death, the lawful guardian of the body has to give a written consent form as prescribed in the application form.

Remember that it is important that the healthy organs are immediately preserved so that they can be properly used. If you would like to give a gift of life and love, you can always register yourself now.

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