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HYDERABAD: Relatives of a 52-year-old woman, Nishtala Venkat Lakshmi, who was declared brain dead on Monday, after a prolonged battle from a brain-related illness, donated organs to needy patients.
Venkata Lakshmi, who was vice-president of Associated Road Carriers, had undergone a surgery for intra-cerebral bleeding, an ailment related to the brain at Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad. “After the surgery, she was discharged on Sunday but suddenly she fell sick. By the time we got her admitted to the hospital, she slipped into coma. Doctors could do nothing and declared her brain dead,” R. S. Nishtala, a close relative said.
The relatives maintained that the decision to donate organs was the best possible thing to do. “Despite her death, she will continue to live on in six others. We wanted to do this at any cost and that's why I volunteered and called up Mohan Foundation for help,” Mr. Nishtala said.
The Mohan Foundation officials said that arrangements were taken up to shift her from Yashoda Hospitals to Global Hospital for organ retrieval. “The family did not need counselling because they were aware of what they were doing. It is very noble to volunteer for organ donation and should inspire others,” said CEO of Mohan Foundation, K. Raghuram.
He doctors managed to successfully retrieve the liver, kidney, heart valves and eyes “Despite the demise, she has managed to provide new lease of life to six others and this is very satisfactory for us,” Mr. Nishtala, who is Managing Director, Skyway Travels, Guntur said.
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