Bengaluru: 18-year-old brain-dead youth bestows new lease of life upon six people by donating his organs

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02-01-2024

    18-year-old Tharun Balachandra suffered a critical head injury

    Grieving parents donate his organs after he succumbed to injuries

    He gave a new lease of life to 6 men who received his organs

An 18-year-old Tharun Balachandra, who suffered a critical head injury after a fall, succumbed to brain death. In a poignant act of generosity, his grieving parents chose to donate his organs, bestowing the gift of life upon six middle-aged individuals.

Originally hailing from Shivamogga district, Tharun had taken on the responsibility of being the primary breadwinner for his family. He had relocated to Bengaluru, where he worked at both a restaurant and a construction site to financially support his parents.

The tragic incident unfolded as he descended a staircase without a railing at a construction site in Kengeri on December 18. Following the accident, Tharun was swiftly taken to a nursing home and later transferred to BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals. Upon arrival, he was unconscious and afflicted with a severe subdural hematoma, a form of bleeding resulting in a pool of blood between the brain and its outer covering. Despite medical interventions, Tharun could not survive.

The absence of any pulsation in Tharun’s brain, visible when the skull was opened, indicated a profound brain injury. Although initially hesitant about organ donation, Tharun’s parents ultimately agreed after receiving counseling. Remarkably, all organ recipients were men. Tharun’s eyes found a new home at the Prabha Eye Bank, while liver and heart transplants took place at BGS, and the kidney recipient underwent surgery at Narayana Health.

Bengaluru: 18-year-old brain-dead youth bestows new lease of life upon six people by donating his organs

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    18-year-old Tharun Balachandra suffered a critical head injury

    Grieving parents donate his organs after he succumbed to injuries

    He gave a new lease of life to 6 men who received his organs

An 18-year-old Tharun Balachandra, who suffered a critical head injury after a fall, succumbed to brain death. In a poignant act of generosity, his grieving parents chose to donate his organs, bestowing the gift of life upon six middle-aged individuals.

Originally hailing from Shivamogga district, Tharun had taken on the responsibility of being the primary breadwinner for his family. He had relocated to Bengaluru, where he worked at both a restaurant and a construction site to financially support his parents.

The tragic incident unfolded as he descended a staircase without a railing at a construction site in Kengeri on December 18. Following the accident, Tharun was swiftly taken to a nursing home and later transferred to BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals. Upon arrival, he was unconscious and afflicted with a severe subdural hematoma, a form of bleeding resulting in a pool of blood between the brain and its outer covering. Despite medical interventions, Tharun could not survive.

The absence of any pulsation in Tharun’s brain, visible when the skull was opened, indicated a profound brain injury. Although initially hesitant about organ donation, Tharun’s parents ultimately agreed after receiving counseling. Remarkably, all organ recipients were men. Tharun’s eyes found a new home at the Prabha Eye Bank, while liver and heart transplants took place at BGS, and the kidney recipient underwent surgery at Narayana Health.

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