The heart, lungs, and other donated organs of a braindead saree trader from Surat have given a new lease of life to seven persons, including a Sudanese national.
Prayag Ghoniya, 23, a resident of Dindoli in Surat, and a saree trader by profession, sustained severe injuries in the head and spine after the car he was travelling in met with an accident while returning from Mumbai to Surat on November 7. He has taken to a hospital in Vapi and shifted to Unity hospital in Surat for further treatment. A CT scan revealed swelling in the brain and blood clotting. The brain swelling was removed following surgery, but doctors could not save him, and he was declared braindead on November 15.
Prayag’s family agreed to donate his organs after they were counselled by members of Donate Life, a Surat-based organisation working for organ donation.
According to Donate Life, Prayag’s heart was transplanted into a 29-year-old female from Bhuj in the CIMS hospital of Ahmedabad. As no Indian recipient was ready to receive the lungs, the lungs were transplanted into a 23-year-old youth from Sudan, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in Chennai.
One of his kidneys gave a new life to a 35-year-old woman from Ahmedabad, and the second to a 30-year-old woman from Bhavnagar. His liver was transplanted into a male patient at IKDRC, Ahmedabad, while the two corneas were donated to Lok Drashti Eye Bank, Surat.
“We salute Prayag’s family members for their exemplary decision to donate his organs,” said Donate Life Founder & President Nilesh Mandlewala.
He said that this was the 38th heart and 12th pair of lungs donated from Surat through Donate Life. The NGO has also facilitated the donation of 412 kidneys, 175 livers, eight pancreas, 316 pancreas, and two hands, giving a new lease of life to 891 people.