Pradeep Pattanayak

Even as a 14-year-old girl left for the heavenly abode, she would remain alive in another body. The girl's father, an auto-rickshaw driver, agreed to donate her vital organs to save another life and set an example for others.
 
According to sources, Dukhabandhu Mahanta, a native of Bareigoda village in Keonjhar stays in Bhubaneswar.  He drives an auto rickshaw to keep the pot boiling for his family of three, which includes his wife and daughter. 

For the family, days were passing by happily till five months ago. Misfortune struck the family when Dukhabandhu’s daughter was diagnosed with a kidney disease. She had since been on dialyses. However, a week ago, she fell ill. The worried parents admitted her to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. Subsequent tests confirmed that she had suffered a brain stroke. 

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When the doctor declared her brain dead, her parents made a noble decision to donate her vital organs. After getting their consent, some tests were carried out and it was found that their daughter’s liver was suitable for transplantation. 

Subsequently, their daughter’s liver was harvested and sent to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi. 
For AIIMS, Bhubaneswar it became the first case of retrieving vital organs from a dead body. Within days, Damayanti’s liver will start functioning in another person's body. 

Dukhabandhu and Banita were grief-stricken after losing their only child. But they said they were feeling proud because their daughter’s organ will give a new lease of life to another person. 

“We took such a decision because it will make us feel that she is alive,” said Dukhabandhu. 

“Being parents, we are at pains after losing her. At the same time, the feeling of our daughter remaining alive in someone else's body is making us proud,” said Banita, with tears welling up in her eyes.

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  • KAPILENDRA PRADHAN , ATULYA BOUT
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