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Organs harvested from brain dead patient

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COIMBATORE: A team of surgeons at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital here on Friday harvested the kidneys, eyes and the liver of a 26-year-old man Saravanan, who was declared brain dead following the head injury he sustained in a road accident five days ago.

Sources in the hospital said relatives of Saravanan from Kovilpalayam in Coimbatore agreed to donate the organs after he was certified brain dead by a two-member team from the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

CMCH Dean (in-charge) V. Kumaran told The Hindu that on request from Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, a neurosurgeon and a neuro physician examined the patient around 7 p.m. on Wednesday. After the second mandatory examination six hours later — in the early hours of Thursday — the patient was declared brain dead.

The organs were harvested by around 4.30 p.m. on Friday. While the kidneys and liver were flown late night to Chennai, the eyes were given to Sankara Eye Centre in Coimbatore. The kidneys will go to government hospitals in Chennai, one each to the Government General Hospital and Stanley Government Hospital and the liver will be used for a patient at Chettinad Hospitals in Chennai.

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