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Gift of life

By Our Staff Reporter



Abraham and Vipin, recipients of donor hearts, with the families of the donors, Sukumaran and Anoop, at a get-together organised by Medical Trust Hospital in the city on Monday. Photo: Vipinchandran

KOCHI, DEC. 20. It was a get-together of a unique kind. While on one side were those who got a second chance at life, on the other were those who had lost a dear one. They had one thing in common - the person, who was no more with one family, had managed to give life to another person of another family.

Thirty-five-year-old P.A. Abraham and 27-year old Vipin K.S. were the recipients in a heart transplantation surgery at Medical Trust Hospital. The donors - K.K. Sukumaran and Anoop. G - were brain dead following road accidents.

Emotional get-together

It was an emotional get-together for both the families, as the recipients of the hearts found it difficult to express their gratitude.

The transplantation on Mr. Abraham was performed in May 2003 while Mr. Vipin had the transplantation in October this year.

Mr. Vipin, from Ponkunnam in Kottayam, was suffering from a terminal heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy. His younger brother had died of a similar disease two years ago and had lost his father a few years ago in an accident. Mr. Vipin was directed to the Medical Trust Hospital by senior cardiologist of Carithas Hospital in Kottayam.

After assessment by cardiac surgeon Jose Chacko Periappuram, he was kept on the waiting list for heart transplantation.

In the meanwhile, Mr. Vipin's friends had also created a website and manage to mobilise funds for the surgery. It was at this time that Anoop's family agreed to donate his heart when he was declared brain dead by doctors. Anoop's parents, Gireeshan K.B. Lathika, and the late Sukumaran's widow, Padmini, her children Sumith, Sumitha and Sujith were present at the meeting.

Mr. Abraham, who was suffering from the same ailment as Mr. Vipin, received the heart from Sukumaran, who was 42 years old.

The meeting, according to the Medical Trust spokesperson, will go a long way in promoting cadaver donors to help those who require transplantations.

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