Youngest Donor : At 14 Month Saved Two Lives, Passed Away

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Gujrat: At 14 month, Somnath Shah from Surat has become Gujarat’s youngest donor of heart and kidneys.

He is giving a new lease of life to two persons. His heart was transplanted into Mumbai’s three-and-a-half-year-old Aaradhya Muley, while kidneys to a 15-year-old boy from Banaskantha on Tuesday. Somnath, whose family hailed from Mubarakpur village in Siwan district of Bihar, was declared brain dead on Sunday after he suffered from a haemorrhage and multiple skull fractures.

On September 2, Somnath fell from stairs while playing with his elder. He hit his head and became unconscious. His parents rushed him to New Civil Hospital in Surat.A CT scan at the hospital revealed that he was brain dead.

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The family had moved to Surat a few months back. Somnath’s father Sunil works as a supervisor in a power loom in Udhna area of Surat.Nilesh Mandlewala, president of Surat-based Donate Life, an initiative for organ donation, said the hospital doctors informed them about Somnath. The family finally agreed on Monday evening, and they started the process of finding the recipients,according to a media report.

Somnath’s father said that they agreed for organ donation after the counsellors explained them its importance. Counsellors said that convincing the Shahs was difficult, as Somnath was their only son. The toddler was declared brain dead two days after an accident he met with at his residence. Somnath sustained a head injury after he slipped off the stairs.

Somnath’s kidneys were sent to the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Center (IKRDC), Ahmedabad, and were used to save the life of a 15-year-old boy diagnosed with kidney failure since a decade. A team of surgeons from Fortis Hospital, Mulund, implanted her heart into a 38-year-old woman from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The organ was transported from Mumbai to Navi Mumbai in 23 minutes.

The recipient was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy in June 2016 and was put on the waiting list sine March. While the kidneys were implanted in two separate recipients, the woman’s liver saved another life.