HYDERABAD: A 45-year-old woman from Nizamabad gave a new lease of life to six persons on Sunday, after being declared brain-dead.
Lingampeta Sharada, a daily wage labourer from Peddamallareddy village in Bhiknoor mandal, had complained of headache and was admitted to a hospital in Nizamabad on Friday. She was later referred to the Global Hospitals in the city on Saturday.
“The local hospital found it complicated and referred Sharada to us for treatment. But before we could start treating her, we found out that she was brain-dead,” said Dr Hirendranath of Global Hospitals. Even though the news came as a big shock to her family members, they have showed courage and agreed to donate her organs.
“We can’t get back our mother, but will feel lesser pain when we think that she has given a new life to six others. My mother left us and our family will suffer. But we feel proud of her, as she brought happiness to the families of those who received her organs,” said a grief-stricken Suresh, son of Sharada.
After four hours of surgery, the doctors retrieved her kidneys, liver, corneas and heart valves. Later, in a nine-hour-long surgery, the liver was transplanted in a 54-year-old man from Delhi and the kidney was donated to a 31-year-old woman from Charminar. Another kidney was donated to a patient at the Deccan Hospital. Corneas were sent to the LV Prasad Eye Institute and heart valves to the Innova Hospital.
“It’s heartening that more people are coming forward to donate organs. Sharada’s family readily agreed to donate her organs after we counselled them about the impact it would make on others,” said coordinator Anuradha Jeevandan.