Man donates organs of son knocked down by railway pole

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 20 Desember 2012 | 22.23

MUMBAI: I am going to play," were the last words that Atanu Paul (17) uttered to his sister. His sister, a resident of Diva, had no idea how far her brother was going. On Monday morning, she received a call saying that Atanu had met with a train accident and sustained severe head injuries.

A student of Std XI in Kolkata, Atanu had come down to visit his sister for the vacations. On Monday, he left saying he was going to play, met up with two friends and headed to Mumbadevi temple in a CST-bound train. However, between Masjid Bunder and CST, a pole hit Atanu's head, as he was leaning out of the crowded train compartment.

"His friends took him to Jaslok hospital, while we called his parents," said Prashanto Pasmal, Atanu's brother-in-law. According to doctors who treated Atanu, a major portion of his head was smashed. "When he was brought to the hospital, his head was smashed and he had suffered massive bleeding. We conducted a surgery, but Atanu was declared brain dead by neurosurgeons by evening," said Dr R R Pulgaonkar, chief executive officer, of Jaslok hospital.

When Atanu's father, a farmer in West Bengal, reached the hospital, he realized that his son could not be saved and took a conscious decision to save other lives. "His father realized that Atanu could not be brought back, but other people could be saved. Thus he decided to donate his son's organs," said Prashanto.

According to doctors, once a person has been established brain dead (irreversible end of brain activity, including involuntary action such as breathing), breathing and heartbeats are maintained by machines and the person will appear to be alive. However, the machines can help only up to 48 or 72 hours and the body 'crashes' thereafter.

According to the zonal transplantation coordination centre (ZTCC), while a kidney and liver were transplanted in Jaslok hospital itself, another kidney was sent to Parakh hospital in Ghatkopar on Monday night. Sujata Ashtekar, ZTCC's transplant coordinator, said this year there have been the highest organ transplants in the city.

"There have been 43 kidney, 18 liver and two lung transplants. The numbers have been highest for Mumbai. While better awareness among citizens can be attributed for the high numbers, there are still many more who are living in pain. They need transplants to live."

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