Chandigarh,18.07.19-“There cannot be anything more devastating than losing your family member in his prime. After their 29 year old son Ravi Kapoor was declared brain dead, Kapoor family from Derabassi was left with a decision that no one wants to make. Should Ravi become an organ donor? In the midst of their grief, they said ‘yes’ to donation. They were able to look beyond their own pain, so no other parent would have to feel the depth of loss that they were experiencing,” stated Prof. Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO (NORTH) PGIMER while briefing about the latest case of deceased organ donation here in PGIMER.

Paying rich tributes to the donor family, Prof. Koushal further added, “Through their selflessness and magnanimity, they turned their gravest tragedy into a precious ‘gift of life’ and ‘gift of sight’ for five others here in PGIMER with the transplantation of liver, kidneys and corneas.”

Ravi Kapoor suffered profound head injuries in a freak accident after his scooter was hit by a stray animal on the intervening night of 13th and 14th July on the outskirts of Derabassi. Immediately, the family and friends rushed fatally injured Ravi to local Civil Hospital from where he was taken to Govt. Medical College, Sector 32, Chandigarh.

Ravi’s condition being precarious, he was referred to PGIMER and was admitted here on the morning of 14th July. However, the inevitable had to happen as Ravi could not be retrieved from his critical condition and was declared brain-dead on 17th July after duly following the protocols of THOA.

Even in this darkest hour and amid his own grief, the father Kuldeep Kapoor along with other family members showed exceptional courage by consenting to donate the organs of his young son when the option of Organ Donation was flagged to him by the Transplant Coordinator on duty in PGIMER.

“Our tragedy is too gruesome for words. We don’t want to focus on Ravi being gone or how he died. We want to focus on the positive, and that’s what Organ Donation has taught us to do. It seems Ravi’s life had a purpose. His mortal journey has ended because others were to live because of him through Organ Donation, We are trying to draw consolation from the fact that in his short time on earth, Ravi was able to do more than many can achieve in a lifetime of hundred years,” expressed brave heart Kuldeep Kapoor after he signed for Organ Donation of his deceased son.

“True to his name, my son was the sunshine of our lives. So amiable and good natured he was that wherever he went, people were drawn to him. He had a heart of gold and would go out of the way to help others without caring for his own comforts. Despite being no more, his legacy is living on by helping five others continue with their lives, and their parents and all the lives that are being touched as a result”, added the grieving but proud father of the donor Ravi Kapoor.

Harish, a childhood friend of Ravi, who was standing by the side of the family in this dark hour, shared about Ravi’s desire for Organ Donation as he said, “Ravi has gone from this world the same way he lived, helping others and bringing smile to others. One could easily spot Ravi in any blood donation camp which we used to organise regularly, because of his positive energy, energetic and proactive engagement with the participants motivating them to join the cause and register for blood donation. In fact, I remember last year during one of our blood donation camps, Ravi had expressed his wish to pledge for Organ Donation. So consenting for Organ Donation by his family is in a way fulfilling Ravi’s generous wish only.”

Following the family’s decision for organ donation, the transplant surgeons retrieved liver and kidneys from the donor, which on transplantation, gave second chance at life to three terminally ill organ failure patients. Two other corneal blind patients will get their eye sight restored with the transplantation of retrieved corneas of the donor. This way, five lives have been impacted with this 15th deceased organ donation of 2019 here in PGIMER.