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Organ Donation: After Death, 2.5-Year-Old Gujarat Boy Gives Life To Five

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A two-and-a-half year old boy from Gujarat gave a new life to seven children, including two from Russia and Ukraine. His parents donated his organs following his death due to brain hemorrhage. He became the youngest cadaver donor whose multiple organs were donated.

The boy, Jash Sanjeev Oza, suffered brain hemorrhage after reportedly falling from the second floor balcony of his neighbour’s house. On December 14, he was declared brain dead.

After his death, Jash’s parents, Sanjeev Oza and Arachana decided to donate his heart, lung, kidneys, liver and eyes.

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The boy’s heart and lungs were transported to Chennai via air within 160 minutes. As per reports, his heart was transplanted to a 4-year-old Russian boy and lungs to another 4-year-old boy from Ukraine at MGM hospital in Chennai.

The kidneys were transported by road via a special green corridor, covering 265km in 180 minutes. They were taken to Ahmedabad’s Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC). One of the kidneys was transplanted into a 13-year-old girl from Surendranagar. Other to a 17-year-old girl from Surat. His liver was given to a two-year-old girl from Bhavnagar TOI reported.

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Nilesh Mandlewala, the founder of Donate Life, an NGO that encourages organ donation, said that the Jash’s family was shattered after his death. He added, “Sanjeev has also been creating awareness about cadaver donations and in such a difficult situation, he took a decision of organ donation”. Initially, the mother was hopeful that her son would recover. However, her dreams were shattered when the doctors announced him clinically dead.

Sanjeev Oza is a journalist with a local newspaper. The couple also has a six-year-old daughter.

Organ donation in India

Every year 27 November is celebrated as the ‘Indian Organ Donation Day’ in the country. As per  data estimates, only 0.65 donations per million population take place in the country, compared to 35 in Spain and 26 in the US. India has only 3% registered organ donors.

Shivangi Thapa is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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