2nd Cadaver Organ Donation in a Week at PGIMER

Selfless Gesture by Distt. Kurukshetra’s Donor Satish Kumar’s Family

Brings Ray of Hope for Five Hapless Patients

Chandigarh : 5th January : “It has been second deceased organ donation during the week when the family of 35 year old brain dead Satish Kumar from District Kurukshetra, through their exemplary compassionate gesture, turned their grim tragedy into a huge blessing for five hapless patients in PGIMER. The donor family’s ‘spirit of giving’ has touched every one as they not only braved their gravest loss but also transcended social taboo and stigma to bring ray of hope to three terminally ill organ failure patients counting their days and two corneal blind patients,” stated Prof. Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO PGIMER detailing about the latest cadaver organ donation here at PGIMER.

Sunita Devi, the shell shocked but extremely courageous wife of donor Satish Kumar after she consented for organ donation of her demised husband, shared, “While the whole world was celebrating to welcome the new year on 31st December, here we were fervently praying for the retrieval and recovery of my husband from the irreversible brain damage caused by a fatal accident. But as the time dragged on, my husband’s condition was rapidly deteriorating and his chances of survival seemed abysmally low. Finally, he lost his battle with life after two days and was declared brain dead."

“Everything came crashing down,” remembers Sunita Devi with tears welling up her eyes, “Then the staff at PGIMER talked to us about organ donation. They convinced us that it was a noble deed. We were told that it could save several lives. The idea of having a chance to save someone else’s life appealed to us—even though we didn’t want to take my husband off life support.”

Phool Singh, the heart-broken father of donor Satish Kumar shared his sentiments, “It was very painful to let him go. My son has left us in his prime. There can not be anything more tragic. My heart cries to see my young grand children. They are too small.But with organ donation, someone else’s dear ones are alive today. My son was a very caring and giving person and even in death, he remained true to his nature.”

On 31st December, 35 year old Satish Kumar from village Karanni, Police Station Pipli, District Kurukshetra, Haryana was admitted to PGIMER after suffering fatal head injuries due to a freak two wheeler accident while trying to save a stray dog. He battled for three day before succumbing to his injuries. The prognosis being very poor, Satish Kumar was declared 'brain dead' by a panel of doctors on 2nd January as per the protocols of THOTA.

It was then the transplant coordinators at PGIMER counseled the distraught family who consented to donate all the vital organs of the deceased.Following the family’s decision, the doctors tested the organs and found liver, kidney pancreas and corneas perfectly healthy and in a condition to donate, which on transplantation, enabled a second lease of life to three terminally ill organ failure patients, ending their fight for survival and restoring the sight of two corneal blind patients, thereby impacting five lives tangibly and many more intangibly.

“We had almost given up completely until 3rd January when the life saving call came.The message: “There’s a possibility that there may be a liver for you today.” We couldn’t believe it. It felt like a miracle, like we were in a dream. We feel so very lucky and blessed. We have received from a total stranger, the most important gift of all, the gift of life for our dear one,” said the family member of liver recipient, who underwent liver transplant surgery here at PGIMER .

Equally indebted felt the families of the two recipients of kidneys and pancreas as they thanked the donor family for their generosity for ending the ordeal of their dear ones of daily dialysis because of the incapacitating Diabetic Type 1 ailment. “This gift to us is something we couldn’t buy or make. Its just that – a gift of life. We could not have been luckier,” the families said in unison.

Thanks to the selfless and magnanimous gesture of the family of deceased Satish Kumar that enabled second chance of life to three terminally ill organ failure patients and gave gift of sight to two more, thereby impacting five precious lives herein PGIMER.


Prof Jai Rup Singh, Former President, Indian Society of Human Genetics and Honorary Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh will inaugurate the New Academic Session of PGIMER

Prof Jai Rup Singh, Former President, Indian Society of Human Genetics and Honorary Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh will inaugurate the New Academic Session of PGIMER, on Tuesday the 7th January, 2020 at 8:00 am in Bhargava Auditorium of the Institute. He will speak on “MYTHS, LEGENDS, FICTION OR GENETIC ERRORS- CURRENT SCENARIO”.

Prof Jai Rup Singh joined as the Founder Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Punjab (CUPB) on 28th February 2009. Prior to his joining this University, he was Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar since July 2006. Dr. Jai Rup Singh is an internationally recognized scientist and amongst the pioneers of human genetics in India. He has done significant research on genetics of eye diseases, diabetes and population disease profiling. Following his strategy for identifying candidate genes, his group has localized several genes for congenital cataract. He was visiting professor in many foreign universities and has delivered over 60 talks internationally. Prof Jai has represented in many national and international academic bodies and has over 90 research publications.

In the new academic session, nearly 150 students have joined the postgraduate courses of major specialties i.e. MD/MS,DM/M.Ch, PhD and other courses. Since, its inception PGI has produced 6200 specialists,2200 super specialists and a large number of postgraduates in basic and allied sciences. Majority of the alumni are occupying top positions in different Institutes of this country and abroad. PGI runs 16 MD Courses, 4 MS Courses, 29 DM Courses and 10 M.Ch. Courses besides Dental, Nursing and Medical Technology Courses. PGI is credited in starting some of the postdoctoral courses, for the first time in this country, which are now being emulated by other institutes. These are DM in Intensive Care, Pediatric Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Trauma Anesthesia and Acute Care, Pediatric Endocrinology, Medical Genetics & Metabolic Disorder, Pediatric Pulmonology, Neuro Imaging and Interventional Neuroradiology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Histopathology, Cardiac Anesthesia, Clinical Hematology, Hematopathology, Pediatric Neurology, Neuro-anaesthesia and Pediatric Radiology and M.Ch. in Head & Neck Surgery, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Renal Transplant Surgery and Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery.

The pin-up ceremony for the new entrants to PGI for the session July 2019 and January 2020 will be held during the function.