VIJAYAWADA: A 25-year-old brain-dead patient gave life to five others, after his family members came forward to donate his organs at Kamineni Hospital in Kanuru of Krishna district on Saturday.
Tellam Nagarjuna, working as a medical representative at Mankind Pharma company, was severely injured when a tractor hit his bike near Kankipadu while he was returning home to Pedamaddali village in Pamarru mandal from Vijayawada, after attending a company review meeting on December 13. He was shifted to Kamineni Hospital in Kanuru and was under medical treatment. On Saturday morning, Nagarjuna was declared brain-dead.
First cadaver transplantation was performed at Kamineni Hospital. A team of 9 doctors including five from Kamineni and four from Manipal Hospital retrieved five organs of Nagarjuna and sent the same to several private hospitals.
Two eyes were sent to Agarwal Eye Hospital in Vijayawada, liver to Manipal Hospital in Guntur district, one kidney to Sunrise Hospital and another was harvested in Kamineni Hospital itself.
Nagarjuna’s father T Venkata Rama Rao is a farmer at Mandepudi village near Amaravati in Guntur and his mother Lakshmi is a housewife. His younger sister Ramya just completed her engineering in Vijayawada and his family is living in Pedamaddalu.
His cousin Satish said that Nagarjuna was a quiet and calm person, who was loved by everyone and his death left his family and relatives in a deep shock.
Meanwhile, his relatives are requesting the doctors to reveal the list of organ receivers. However, Dr. NTR University vice-chancellor T Ravi Raju clarified that their plea could not be fulfilled, for it is illegal.
Meanwhile, around 25 heart surgeries were performed on children in Andhra Hospitals at Vijayawada during a one-week workshop conducted by UK-based team of doctors in association with Andhra Hospitals with the theme of ‘healing little hearts.
According to the hospital management, all surgeries were done free of cost with the help of the State government’s health scheme. The team including an interventional cardiologist, cardiac surgeons, cardiac intensivists, cardiac anaesthetist, perfusionist and nurses is led by Dr. Ramana Dhannapuneni and Dr. K Vikram of United Kingdom.