Kejal Pandey was like most 16-year-olds her age. When her nose was not buried in a book, the all-rounder loved to to grab life by its horns and live every minute to the fullest, whether through dance, sports or other extra-curricular activities. Kejal was known for being vivacious and cheerful, always up to antics to draw smiles out of her friends and family.
“She was always so full of life, entertaining everyone. She was my best friend,” remembers Madhura. Her school principal, Madhuri Chandrashekhar says, “She was an all-rounder and a very bright child. She had been with the school for several years and was always a very well-mannered child.”
In April, an accident tragically cut-short the Mumbai-girl’s life. She was riding pillion on a two-wheeler when a car trying to overtake the vehicle knocked her off the bike. Kejal suffered irreversible brain damage and was declared brain dead.
Her family struggled to deal with the loss of their young daughter. Putting their grief aside, the family decided to donate their daughter’s organs:
“It is so hard to get used to the fact that she is not her anymore. But by donating her organs, we feel like she’s still alive and amongst us,” says her father, Shyamakant Pandey.
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Kejal’s family donated her kidneys and liver, giving three people – including a 14-year-old child from Mumbra – a new lease on life.
Kejal is believed to have scored a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.6 in the recently declared CBSE Class X exams. “She planned to take up commerce and become a Chartered Accountant. She was so firm about what she wanted and she always achieved it. She once told me she wanted to be successful and be the head of whichever firm she worked at,” her father told The Times of India.
Losing a child is never easy, but by donating their daughter’s organs, the Pandey family has ensured that their daughter’s death saved the lives of three others.