KOCHI: Shincy Paulson and K K Paulson had to sign the consent letter for donating the organs of their child Adith in heart-wrenching pain.
Paulson and Adith were in the car when it met with an accident on Sunday noon. The injuries proved fatal for the child. Adith was shifted to Aster Medicity on Sunday and was declared brain dead on Monday evening. “We were asked our consent to donate the organs and I discussed it with my relatives and church heads since Adith’s parents could not be immediately informed about the child’s death. We then went to Jubilee Mission Hospital, Thrissur where Paulson is undergoing treatment. We had to take the doctors’ permission there to bring Paulson from the ICU for sometime to discuss the matter with his wife. They both agreed without hestitation”, said Abin, a relative of Paulson who coordinated the procedures of organ transplantation. When the issue of signing consent letter was raised Abin contacted the district collector who in turn called up the deputy collector to follow up the procedures. Abin also contacted Davis Chiramel, the priest who is the founder of Accident Care and Transport Service and Kidney Federation of India and priests who all extended him moral support. Only the signature of the mother was needed since the donor was a minor.
“Doubts were raised from some corners on how the letter could be signed as the parents of the child were not physically present there. But the timely coordination and presence of mind of the relatives helped to overcome the hurdles. I am keeping a copy of the letter to deal with any issue that may develop in this regard”, said Dr Noble Gracious S S, nodal officer Kerala Network for Organ Sharing.
Paulson’s car met with the accident on the way to a wedding.