IEP Chandigarh September 27
“God has a purpose for your life. I think my wife Jaspal Kaur was sent into this world by the Higher Power to save the lives of others. So I wanted to make sure through organ donation that her ‘spirit of giving’ continues and becomes her lasting legacy,” stated the bereaved but brave heart husband Gurdeep Singh Deepa as he consented for Organ Donation of his brain dead wife last week here at PGIMER.
A picture of composure and poise himself, despite being faced with the unimaginable loss, Gurdeep Singh Deepa turned his grim tragedy into a triumph for two terminally ill renal failure patients and one terminally ill liver failure patient with his generous gesture of Organ Donation.
Expressing his gratitude to the donor family of Jaspal Kaur for their generous act, Prof. Vivek Lal, Director PGIMER stated, “There can’t be anything more heroic than saving a life and that too, when confronted with the darkest tragedy of one’s life. The family of Jaspal Kaur from Sangrur showcased this rare and exemplary heroism on her passing away here in PGIMER and turned her a saviour by kindling hope for three patients, struggling for life and desperately seeking organs.
Jaspal Kaur, 50, a resident of Village Kheri, distt. Sangrur, while going on a two wheeler was hit by another four wheeler, leaving her with severe head injury. She was immediately admitted to a nearby Civil Hospital, Sangrur on 18th September. From there, she was first referred to Rajendra Hospital Patiala and then shifted to PGIMER.The prognosis being poor, Jaspal Kaur could not be revived despite best of the efforts and became brain dead on 21st September.
Following the family’s consent, Jaspal Kaur’s kidneys were retrieved and transplanted to two terminally ill patients suffering from renal ailment and the retrieved liver was transplanted to a matching recipient here at PGIMER.
Prof. Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO PGIMER detailing this cadaver donation experience stated, “There are lakhs of people who wait at hospitals for life-saving transplants amid acute shortage of donors. So the selfless gestures of families like those of donor Jaspal Kaur are beyond any appreciation. There is a need to spread awareness about organ donation and bridge certain gaps. Even if a section of individuals decide to donate his or her organs, it will bring a huge change.”