Odisha institutes award in name of ‘Suraj’ to promote organ donation

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced to institute an annual award in the name of Suraj, who saved lives of six persons after death.

Suraj, a resident of Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district was working in Surat. He lost his life after facing a fatal road accident on October 29. After struggling for about 5-6 days in hospital, he was declared brain dead on November 2 by doctors. His parents were contacted by a local NGO. They decided to donate his organs to save lives of others. Accordingly, his heart, liver, two kidneys and both the eyes were transplanted to save lives of six persons.

His heart was carried by plane to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai and was transplanted in the body of a woman. Both his kidneys and the liver were transplanted into three persons in Ahmadabad and the two eyes went to two persons in Surat.

Suraj’s father Babuli Sethi and mother Gitanjali Sethi today met the Chief Minister at Lok Seva Bhawan today.

The CM announced a homestead land and Biju Pucca Ghar for Suraj’s parents. He also announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh from CMRF for them.

Minister of Forest & Environment Bikram Keshari Arukh was present during the meeting.

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