The suicide of a 19-year-old Delhi girl has given a new lease of life to two people who had been suffering from renal disorders, as her kidneys were transplanted into the duo suffering from renal problems. This was perhaps the first case in the world where the organs of a person who had passed away from poisoning and cardiac death were harvested, according to Dr Anup Kumar, who heads the department of Urology and Renal Transplantation at Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital. The deceased, a resident of Chhattarpur in South Delhi named Shakuntala, committed suicide by consuming insecticide after she had a minor argument with her parents. Her parents rushed her to the hospital as she began to vomit and started to lose consciousness, her condition turned serious by the time her parents took her to the Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday, where she was declared brain dead on Wednesday after the poison in her blood stream affected her brain, according to the Times of India.
After Shakuntala’s death, her parents were approached by transplant coordinators who sought permission for the organ donation. The parents of the deceased who were still in shock then gave their permission for the organ donation. Dr Kumar said, ”One of the victims who received the kidney would not have survived for more than two years if she would not have received the kidney. Shakuntala has given the woman a new lease of life.” Other organs could not be harvested for different reasons, her heart could not be harvested because the organ had failed by the time the Doctor from AIIMS could harvest it and her liver was not of any use because of the poisoning, as per ToI.