Actor Sanchari Vijay declared dead at 3:34 am, donates organs; to be laid to rest with state honours
38-year-old National award winning actor Sanchari Vijay was confirmed dead at 3:34 am on June 15. The doctors, after taking consent from his family, began the retrieval of organs and seven patients were given his organs including corneas, kidneys, heart valves and liver to save their lives. The actor will be laid to rest with state honours in his native Chikmagalur.
National award winner actor Sanchari Vijay became an achiever even after his death. After a procedure to retrieve his organs that lasted for about four hours, Vijay saved seven lives who were waiting for organ transplant of corneas, kidneys, liver and heart valves.
As per Naushad Pasha, Cadaver Transplant Coordinator, Jeevasarthakathe, Government of Karnataka, "Patients registered with the government for organ transplant were called to the hospital as per waiting list and were given Vijay's organs and after the surgery, Vijay's organs were safely transplanted in them and the recipients are being monitored. As per rules, details of the recipient will not be revealed," said Pasha.
He further added that, after Vijay's heart stopped and was declared dead, his body was sent for autopsy and then his body was packed and handed over to the family. "As Vijay has set an example, if more such donations come then the existing list of over 4000 recipients waiting for organs can be given organs on time and many lives can be saved," said Pasha.
The doctors treating Vijay at Apollo Hospital said that the process of retrieving organs began at 9:30 pm last night after a second apnea test and consent from his brother.
"Two corneas benefited two patients, similarly two patients received one kidney each from Vijay. Two patients with heart conditions and in need of heart valves were given heart valves. A patient with a liver condition received the actor's liver as per rules. The recipients were first subjected to simple tests and prepared for surgery based on their matching blood group," said a doctor from Apollo hospital.
The actor had earlier wished to donate his organs in case he meets death, the family agreed for the noble cause and as per his wishes.
The actor's body will be kept at Ravindra Kalakshetra between 8 am to 10 pm and later will be taken to Panchanahalli in Chikmagalur and will be laid to rest with state honours on Wednesday evening. Noted personalities from the Kannada film industry arrived for darshan.
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