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Man died in accident, gives gift of life to six by donating organs

Kochi: Vinaya Kumar (48) of Kadungalloor, a contract labourer with FACT, met with an accident while he was returning home after a function on Sunday afternoon, his bike hit an electric post.

Vinaya was rushed to the nearby ESI hospital where the doctors said that he had suffered a head injury and needed to be taken to a specialty hospital.

He was taken to the Lourdes Hospital. Around 12 midnight on Monday, doctors declared that his brain was dead. Though it was a shock, the relatives discussed the organ donation option with his wife and family, and they agreed.

Six people who were in dire need of organ donation received the organs including the heart, liver, kidneys and corneas.

The Knos (Kerala Network for Organ Sharing) alert went out around 2.30pm while the donating process began around 12.30am.

“The heart was transplanted by 3.30am and the Kottayam medical college team left Ernakulam by 4am. There were eight persons in the wait list for kidney. The cross-match clicked for patients at Kozhikode medical college and Lourdes,” said Dr Binu Upendran, nephrologist at Lourdes Hospital.

The liver is given to a patient at Medical Trust Hospital , while the corneas were given to Tony Fernandez Eye Hospital, Aluva. Dr Krishna Moorthy led the doctors’ team at Lourdes Hospital and besides Dr Binu Upendran, it included Dr Vimal Iype, Dr Shobha Philip, Dr Biju Pillai and Dr Punnose Thomas Puthuveettil.

Kumar’s family consist of his wife and four children .The body was cremated at Pathalam crematorium in the evening.