Nisha Thakur from Solan turns Savior in her Death; Gives the ‘Gift of Life’ to a terminally ill Renal Failure Patient

Chandigarh, July 17

Following the footsteps of brave-heart families this year, the benevolent Thakur family from Solan, Himachal Pradesh gave the greatest gift anyone can give – the ‘gift of life’ to a terminally ill patient suffering from debilitating renal disease and gift of sight to two corneal blind patients with their selfless and generous act of organ donation of their deceased family member, Nisha Thakur here at PGIMER.  

The picture perfect life of family suddenly crashed when 65 year old Nisha Thakur, was admitted to PGIMER Chandigarh on July 11th following a ruptured Aneurysm. The prognosis being poor, Nisha Thakur could not be revived and her 2 days’ long agonizing struggle between life and death ended when she was declared brain dead on July 13th after the two committee meetings following the protocols of THOA.

It was then the transplant coordinators on duty who raised the matter of organ donation with the family members. Braving his own irreparable and untimely loss, Yashpal Singh Thakur, extremely courageous husband of deceased Nisha Thakur showcased exceptional initiative and said, “The whole family of ours desired that the organs of the Nisha should be donated to patients who are in dire need of them & conveyed the ultimate message that ‘we can save a life even in death’, after consenting for Organ Donation.”

He further stated, “Our tragedy is too gruesome for words. We don’t want to focus on Nisha being gone or how she died.  We want to focus on the positive, and that’s what Organ Donation has taught us to do. It seems Nisha’s life had a purpose. Her mortal journey has ended because others were to live because of her through Organ Donation, We are trying to draw consolation from the fact that in her time on earth, Nisha was able to do more than many can achieve in a lifetime of hundred years.”

Expressing his sentiments and paying tributes to the donor family, Prof. Vivek Lal, Director PGIMER stated, “”The cadaver organ donation program, in fact, hinges on the benevolent donor families. Their magnanimous and unconditional consent for organ donation of their departed dear one amid their own grief, actually, has enabled PGIMER sustain the cadaver organ transplant programme. These families like the Thakur Family from Solan reiterate our faith in goodness, in humanity beyond boundaries.”

The PGIMER team involved in translating this noble wish of the donor family into reality by giving a second lease of life to the terminally ill patients also deserves a huge commendation. It is their tireless and incessant efforts that have helped saving hundreds of precious lives over the years through transplantation, added Prof. Vivek Lal.

Prof. Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO PGIMER said, “Acting on the family’s decision, the surgeons retrieved the kidneys and corneas from the donor Nisha, which on transplantation gave fresh lease of life to the patient suffering from end stage kidney disease & sight to two corneal blind patients &  proved a boon for 3 hapless lives here in PGIMER.”

Prof. Koushal further added, “When the donor organs became available, everyone knew exactly what to do to save lives…the labs, the transplant teams, the intensive care unit staff got into action without any loss of time, reiterating about the quality and competence of the PGIMER team involved in the entire process of transplantation.”

 “Though all this is going at a good pace but considering the burgeoning gap between donations and the dire need, the road ahead is really challenging and families like these consenting for organ donation may provide the answer,” remarked Prof. Koushal.

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