Doing her bit to spread awareness about organ donation, an elderly citizen has decided to donate her body to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital to carry out research work.
S Sugumari (70), a housewife living on Government Arts College Road, visited Coimbatore Collectorate on Monday to seek permission from Collector M Karunakaran for donating her body.
Sugumari said, “My husband died in 2012, and I have finished all my family commitments. Currently, I am involved in some women’s activities and social work. I thought that even after my death, I should do some useful service to society. So, I have decided to donate my body to the CMCH for research work.”
She took the decision following the support of her two daughters, one living in London and the other based in Coimbatore.
Sugumari said, “This will serve dual purposes. Some of the organs taken from my body can save lives of a few people and the body can be used by medical students for research.”
She said that awareness should be spread among public about organ and body donation.
“Including Sugumari, 17 others have donated their bodies to the CMCH through our organisation,” said K Raja Sethu Murali of ‘Pirarukku Uthavu’, an NGO.