Death is usually considered the greatest loss of all. Lest we forget that even death can pass on life.
An example of this is how 18-year-old ITI student (Industrial Training Institute), Mihir Bharat Patel’s heart travelled 1,158 km in 117 minutes from Surat to give a new heartbeat to 32-year-old Govind Mehra in New Delhi on Thursday.
According to a report in The Times of India, a truck rammed into Mihir’s motorcycle on Hajira Road on September 10. When the boy was rushed to Sunshine Global Hospitals, the doctors detected a clot in his brain. Two days later, he was declared brain-dead.
And even though the young man was knocking on the doors of death, his family decided to make his final journey meaningful by donating his organs.
One of the recipients of this moving gesture was Noida-based Govind Mehra. A green corridor was set up to help Mihir’s heart reach Mehra’s body for transplant in less than 117 minutes. Mehra has been on the list since the valve of his heart was changed in 2012.
Speaking to the publication, sources added how he was in need of a new heart because his own heart’s pumping capacity had reduced to just 15%. Mihir’s heart gave the man a new lease on life.
Apart from his heart, Mihir’s kidneys, liver, and eyes were also donated by his 42-year-old father, Bharat Patel; mother, Kokila Patel and older sister, 20-year-old Kajal Patel.
Doctors of the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre harvested Mihir’s kidneys and transplanted them to 34-year-old Sanjay M Kanani from Surat, and 12-year-old Adnan Ansari from Ahmedabad. Mihir’s liver was transplanted to 50-year-old Manjula Harsoda from Ahmedabad. Dr Praful Shiroya of Lokdrashti Eye Bank, Surat, accepted the donation of Mihir’s eyes.
And while our hearts go out to Mihir’s family for his loss, we also pay our respects to the young man who helped give five people a second chance at life even in death.
Rest in peace, Mihir.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)