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Stories of Hope

Paras, 12 years/ male, student

Paras , 12 years/ male, student of 7th standard unluckily met with an accident when he was coming back from school with his mother. A vehicle hit him from the back and suffered severe head injury. He was brought to PGIMER Chandigarh and was admitted in ICU and our team of doctors put their best efforts to save him but all in vain. He was declared brain dead on 4th August 2015. His parents were approached by transplant coordinators and counselled regarding organ donation. As he was the only child of his parents , it was very difficult to convince them. Hats off to his parents who took such wise decision keeping besides all their pain and decided to donate their child’s organs. Paras gave lease of life to 5 people by donating corneas, kidneys, liver and pancreas.

Shivam kumar, 22 years/ male, student, Silla Ragunathpur, Bihar

Shivam kumar, 22 years/ male, engineering student , hailed from Silla Ragunathpur Bihar. He was studying in Amritsar and came for his training to Chandigarh. He went on outing with his friends but fate had something else to offer him. He met with an accident near Elante Mall Chandigarh and brought to PGIMER Chandigarh and immediately shifted to ICU because of his critical condition. His father was informed about his accident and he travelled all the way from Bihar to Chandigarh. Shivam’s condition was deteriorated and father was explained about brain death and counselling was done regarding organ donation. He was convinced and decided to give life to someone through his son. Shivam gave lease of life to two persons by donating both kidneys.

Late Shri Ashok Kumar, 45, Barnala

In an extremely rare and magnanimous gesture of organ donation family of Late Sh. Ashok Kumar allowed harvesting of Human Organs of enabled PGI save precious lives of helpless and needy patients, through successful transplantations.

Late Sh. Ashok Kumar S/O Sh. Brij Lal, Age 45 Y/Male, a native of Barnala, Punjab was admitted in PGI in a critical condition at Emergency Ward Neuro Surgery-3 with diagnosis of Acoustic Schwanomma (Post Op). However, despite best of the efforts and competences by the team of experts, Late Sh. Ashok Kumar could not be saved and was declared “brain dead”.

The patient’s younger sister and the family members gave their consent to donate the organs. After fulfilling all the necessary procedures under THOA, further action for transplantation of organs was taken.

As a result of this extremely noble gesture, the donated organs were immediately transplanted and utilized on 10th of December 2014 for the helpless and needy patients which resulted in saving precious lives.

Words fail to explain the courage and compassion shown by the family of Sh. Ashok Kumar as even after suffering the irreparable loss, the family volunteered to donate Liver, Pancreas with B/L Kidney and B/L Corneas of Late Sh. Ashok Kumar.

The Institute acknowledge the sprit and greatness of the family of Late Sh. Ashok Kumar which has given to the needy patients.

Upasna, 33, Chandigarh

“ I was told that I will not be able to marry but I found love of my life at the age of 20 and I am happily married since last 12 years..It was a love marriage.. you know?”

To be diagnosed with auto-immune hepatitis at tender age of 12 could possibly devast dreams of any teenager, but such was not the case with Upasna.

“ I was told that I will not be able to marry but I found love of my life at the age of 20 and I am happily married since last 12 years..It was a love marriage.. you know?” chirps. Life though was not easy for her with frequent illness and gastric troubles, but with her fighter spirit she was pulling through it with all the support from friends, family and ofcourse doctors of PGI, who have been managing her illness since 20 years now. However, in 2010, things started becoming grim. Her breath was becoming laborious with each passing day and incidents of internal bleeding were getting more frequent, leaving her much weaker. Between 2010 - 2011 she was hospitalized in ICU atleast 6 times.

Placed on the waiting list for receiving a liver transplant, she had to wait to find a matching liver from a deceased organ donor. Her condition deteriorated rapidly. There were days when she felt that she could is only a few days away from the end, but still hopeful, she always kept her bag ready and her phone besides her, in hope that she might get a call from the transplant centre.

One evening she received the call, for which she has been desperately waiting. Family of one young deceased road-traffic accident victim was willing for organ donation.

Upasna got her gift of life- the liver transplant, on 6th October 2011, which she now celebrates as her second birthday. Kidneys from the same donor, also gave lease of life to a patient of kidney failure.

She recently has joined back her job as admin manager at the training firm she earlier worked with. On being asked how does she feel after transplant, she says “It feels so nice to regain all my energy and enthusiasm… I can now eat normally, can do my work normally, without depending on anyone else.. It’s as if I breathe new life every moment now.”

Ruchika, 25, Ganga Nagar, Rajasthan

"I plan to work on promoting blood donation and open a school for children"

Born in farmer's family, Ruchika always dreamt of being a teacher and to open a school at her hometown. But last year she was diagnosed with Aplastic anemia, a condition in which the body fails to build up enough blood cells. Her hemoglobin levels dipped below 4 gm/dL. She started feeling much weaker than before and due to low number of protective white blood cells, infections took over her frequently. She could see her dreams crumbling because with the weakness setting in, she could no more concentrate on her M.Ed studies. She was kept on medicines sometime but that was not a long-term cure.


Born in farmer's family, Ruchika always dreamt of being a teacher and to open a school at her hometown. But last year she was diagnosed with Aplastic anemia, a condition in which the body fails to build up enough blood cells. Her hemoglobin levels dipped below 4 gm/dL. She started feeling much weaker than before and due to low number of protective white blood cells, infections took over her frequently. She could see her dreams crumbling because with the weakness setting in, she could no more concentrate on her M.Ed studies. She was kept on medicines sometime but that was not a long-term cure.

“I plan to work on promoting blood donation at my hometown so that people come ahead to help others in need” says Ruchika, who is now all set to be back to her normal life and give back to the society.

Rohit Joshi, 16, Student, Panchkula

"It was nice to regain a clear sight and be able to read the blackboard properly"

Rohit was three year old when his eyes started troubling him. Slowly over the years, the problem started growing. Watering of eyes, pain in eyes and sensitivity to light was increasing as the time passed. An eye check-up confirmed that he had developed a degenerative disease of cornea, called Keratoconus.

"I could not see from the back bench, what teachers used to write on blackboard.. it was all hazy.. and I had to copy it down from my friend’s notebook" says the 16 year old aspiring Chartered Accountant.

Scarring of cornea due to the disease and frequent rubbing of eyes made it difficult for him to study at school. He was given frequent injections in his eye and other medications to control the disease and give a symptomatic relief . But the permanent treatment was only cornea transplant.

In 2008, one day in April he got the gift, that someone else had left for someone like him. He got a Corneal transplant from an eye that was donated by some deceased donor. The scarred and damaged cornea was replaced by a crystal clear cornea from donor’s eye, removing the curtain of haziness from his vision forever.


He now can read the things written on blackboard clearly from the back bench in his classroom. “ Hey..i am a back bencher only because I am taller than my batchmates..don’t take it otherwise!” quips Joshi, digging up in his books, as we set up our camera to click hic picture.

Late Shri Kashmir Singh, , a native of Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab

Late Shri Kashmir Singh, a native of Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab was admitted in PGI on 31st July 2013 in a critical condition after he met with a fatal road accident on 30th July 2013.However, despite best of the efforts and competences by the team of experts, Late Shri Kashmir Singh could not be saved and was declared “brain dead”.

The wife and the family members gave their consent to donate the organs as these had already been pledged by Late Shri Kashmir Singh during his lifetime.after fulfilling all the necessary procedures under THOA,further action for transplantation of organs was taken.

The family volunteered to donate heart B/L Kidney and B/L cornea of Late Shri Kashmir Singh. As a result of this extremely noble gesture, the donated organs were immediately transplanted and utilized for the helpless and needy patients which resulted in saving five precious lives.The family has faithfully honoured his pledge by fulfilling his wishes.

The Institute acknowledge the sprit and greatness of the family of Late Shri Kashmir Singh which has given to the five needy patients.