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Young Naval Officer, Brain Dead After Accident, Gives Life To 4 Patients

Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi:  A 24-year-old Naval officer, declared brain dead after a road accident, has given a new lease of life to four people, with his family donating his organs. Sub-Lt Atul Kumar Pawar of INS Dronacharya at the Southern Naval Command in Kochi, had gone to Wayanad on a short trip with friends on September 24. The officer from Panchkula in Haryana was seriously injured on his way back when the vehicle in which he was travelling hit a road divider at Chalakudy in Thrissur district.

Mr Pawar was rushed to a hospital in Kochi where doctors declared him brain dead yesterday. Overcoming their grief, his father Rajbir Singh Pawar, and others in the family expressed their wish to donate his heart, liver and two kidneys, Thiruvananthapuram Medical College said in a statement today.

The organs have been harvested for transplant to recipients at Government Medical College, Kottayam; Aster Medicity, Ernakulam; Air Force Command Hospital, Bengaluru and Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Ernakulam, according to a statement.

“In deference to the wish of the parents of the deceased officer to see a part of their son continuing to stay alive in the Armed Forces community, one of the donor kidney was transferred to the naval base, Kochi from Aster Medicity hospital,” the statement issued in Kochi said.

Naval and police personnel ensured a traffic-free route for the vehicle carrying the organ before it was sent to Bengaluru on an Indian Air Force aircraft. The organ will be transplanted to a recipient in the Command Hospital Air Force, Bengaluru, the statement said.

According to the medical college, Mr Pawar’s heart will be harvested for a 50-year-old man undergoing treatment at Kottayam medical college hospital.

The officer joined the Indian Navy on January 15, 2015 as a Short Service Commissioned officer after completing BE in Civil Engineering. He is survived by his parents and a younger brother, a college student.

Wreaths were laid by Vice Admiral AR Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command along with other officers on board the INS Dronacharya.