Naval of­fi­cer, who gave new life to 4, cre­mated at Rohtak

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA -

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/ROHTAK: A 24-year-old naval of­fi­cer from Panchkula, de­clared brain dead af­ter a road ac­ci­dent, has given a new lease of life to four peo­ple as his fam­ily de­cided to do­nate his or­gans.

His body was cre­mated at his na­tive vil­lage Bhali Anand­pur in Rohtak on Fri­day.

Sub-lieu­tenant 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.

He was se­ri­ously in­jured on his way back when the ve­hi­cle in which he was trav­el­ling hit a road divider at Cha­lakudy in Thris­sur dis­trict.

Pawar was rushed to a hos­pi­tal in Kochi where doc­tors de­clared him brain dead on Wed­nes­day.

Over­com­ing their grief, his fa­ther Ra­jbir Singh Pawar, and oth­ers in the fam­ily ex­pressed the wish to do­nate his heart, liver and two kid­neys. 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 re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to a de­fence re­lease.

“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 de­fence re­lease is­sued in Kochi said.

Naval and civil po­lice en­sured a green cor­ri­dor along the en­tire route from where it was sent to Bengaluru through an In­dian Air Force air­craft for trans­plan­ta­tion to a re­cip­i­ent in the Com­mand Hos­pi­tal Air Force, Bengaluru, it said.

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

The of­fi­cer joined the In­dian Navy on Jan­uary 15, 2015 as a short ser­vice com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer af­ter com­plet­ing B.E 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 at a solemn cer­e­mony on board the INS Dronacharya, and the mor­tal re­mains are be­ing trans­ported to his na­tive place for the last rites.

Sub­lieu­tenant Atul Ku­mar

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