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After death, this poor teenager saved Sasikala husband M Natarajan’s life; know all about this heart-rending tale

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New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2017 5:13:28 PM

A daily wage labourer, N Karthik, who donated his organs to the former AIADMK chief VK Sasikala's husband M Natarajan, used to put up flex banners of political parties in his village

sasikala, donor to sasikala's husband, news, latest news, India newsThe teen who donated his organs to Sasikala?s husband (Source: IE)

A daily wage labourer, N Karthik, who donated his organs to the former AIADMK chief VK Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan, used to put up flex banners of political parties in his village Aranthangi in Pudukottai district to earn his daily meal. Natarajan had a life-saving double organ transplant on October 4 at a Chennai hospital. Natarajan (aged 74) received a kidney and a liver at the Gleneagles Global Health City hospital. As per an Indian Express report, Karthik who was declared brain-dead in the hospital had never been to the state capital. A friend of Karthik, on request of anonymity, told Indian Express, “A week before his death, he had gone to Tiruppur to work in a hotel. But he returned within three days as he wanted to be with his old parents, who are also daily wagers.”

He added that “Karthik used to get Rs 50 for a banner, and on some days, could earn up to Rs 500. But mostly, he was jobless.” Karthik lost his life after he was hit by a car while driving his friend’s bike, on September 30. The 19-year-old was admitted to the Aranthangi government hospital, from where he was referred to the Pudukottai Government Medical College and then to Thanjavur Government Medical College on the same day, as per the report. Hakkim Arafat, 24, Karthik’s best friend told Indian Express, “He was injured badly, in the head and face, and suffered multiple fractures…Seeing the result, the doctor told us there was not even 1 per cent hope of him surviving. We did not tell his parents, neither did the doctors.” He further said, “We reached Chennai around 6.30 am on October 4 and admitted Karthik at Gleneagles…Around 4.30 pm, the hospital told us Karthik was brain dead and briefed us on the organ donation. Karthik’s parents agreed as it was a good thing.”

The next day, Gleneagles, in an official statement declared that three patients had received Karthik’s organs, including heart, lungs, liver and kidney. Apart from Natarajan, Karthik’s organs were donated to a 43-year-old man from Tamil Nadu and a 62-year-old from Uttar Pradesh. Arafat said that they were happy as Karthik’s organs saved lives and wished that his sister gets a job from the government. He said, “His family is very poor. His younger sister is unemployed and not yet married. I wish the government gives her a job.”

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