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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Eyecatchers-20 : ' In Death, Woman gives Life to Three' - UNI

New Delhi, Aug.27 : A woman suffering from fatal brain tumour, gave life to three other persons in her death through multiple organ transplant.

Leela Devi, 26, lost the battle with her brain tumour on Sunday. But showing the courage and compassion, the husband, Lance Naik GS Bisht of 26 Rashtriya Rifles, consented to donate her organs after she was pronounced brain dead.

A combined team of over 40-doctors and para-medical staff from army hospital and base hospital here on Sunday successfully transplanted her liver into a serving soldier with terminal cirrhosis due to Hepatitis B and one kidney into a 12-year-old daughter of a soldier suffering from end-stage kidney disease.

The other kidney was handed over to AIIMS, where it was transplanted into a 45-year-old with chronic kidney failure. Organ donation after brain death is rare in India. The armed forces launched the Armed Forces Organ Retrieval and Transplantation Authority (AORTA) earlier this year to increase awareness on organ donation. According to Col. A.K.Seth, director of AORTA, hundreds of serving personnel and their families have already pledged to donate their organs following a sustained campaign.

(Courtesy: The New Indian Express, Madurai, Aug.28, 2007)

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