Organs of 3-year-old boy save six lives

On eve of World Kidney Day, doctors pay tribute to Yatharth's family

Organs of 3-year-old boy save six lives

On the eve of World Kidney Day, father of three-year-old Yatharth Upadhyay, whose organs were recently donated, said it was one decision that saved six lives.

At an event organised at Manipal Hospitals in the City on Wednesday, Amit Upadhyay spoke about the decision he had to take while his son was brain-dead.

Recalling with grief the death of his son, he said, “Those four days, when we came to terms with our son’s condition, are the toughest of my life. I had two options before me on the day he was declared brain-dead – to do the usual and cremate my son or to donate his organs and save lives. I chose the second.”

On December 20, 2014, Yatharth’s heart was airlifted to Chennai from Bengaluru. It was transplanted into a Russian child, giving him a new lease of life. His kidneys were sent to a recipient at Sagar Hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr H Sudharshan Ballal, medical director, Manipal Hospitals, said, “Yatharth is alive in six of us today. At three years, he showed us the way and it would not have been possible if his parents did not come forward and take that decision. Kidney ailment is becoming epidemic in nature and it is one of the organs that can be donated to treat an irreversible medical condition. Let this event... an ode to Yatharth and his family, be the genesis of many such future success stories,” he said.

To commemorate World Kidney Day, doctors from Manipal Hospitals in the City took a pledge to ‘gift life’ to children by offering 10 free paediatric transplants. The hospital also announced transplant packages for the first 100 deserving adult and paediatric patients, at Rs 4 lakh.

In a country with a population of 1.3 billion, the organ donation rate is 0.08 per million (less than one in a million Indians are organ donors), said doctors.

Dr Ballal said that globally, Chronic Kidney Disease was the 12th cause of death and the 17th cause of disability.

“The number of diabetics in India (currently around 40 million) is expected to rise to 70 million by 2025. Approximately, 30 per cent of diabetes patients will have Diabetic Chronic Kidney Disease,” Dr Ballal  said.

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