10-year-old, Mayank Chhawani is a real-life hero, who has made us believe that age is just a number. After losing his dad in 2013, this 10-year-old has recently lost his mother to an unfortunate accident. But, rather than indulging in his grief, he is showing the display of grit and self-belief to make his mother proud.
On Saturday, this Class-V boy opted for organ donation of his brain-dead mother. While sharing the reason behind his decision, he mentioned:
“Through this organ donation, my mother will give the joy of living to many others. It is something my mother would be proud of.”
His mother, a Bhopal’s Bairagarh resident, was declared brain-dead on January 23.
After the stipulated 48-hour period, there are indications that many lucky patients awaiting organ donation will be blessed with a new life because of Mayank’s bold decision. It would be the first cadaveric organ donation of the New Year in Bhopal.
As per Dr. Rakehs Bhargava, representative of organ donation society,
“Only after brain death has been confirmed and the time of death noted, can organ donation become a possibility. The process has been initiated, and if all goes well, the patient’s heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and other organs would be utilized for donation.”
Sharing the details of how Mayank’s mother met with this unfortunate incident, Jagdish Chhawani, brother-in-law of the victim mentioned:
“She was hit on the head when getting off a bus (on the BRTS corridor).”
Though she was rushed to the Hamidia hospital where the medical team did their best, her condition did not improve. The injuries were too severe and she was declared brain-dead. After two days with no improvement in sight, the patient’s aunt initiated the talks with the family to opt for cadaveric organ donation. Sharing the details of the decision, her brother-in-law shared:
“Mayank is too young. When we (family members) all asked him, he said that if we burn her then everything will be finished and if her organ is donated, he will be able to feel his mother through someone else. Her 10-year-old son agreed to the decision as the patient has been declared brain-dead.”
Explaining the details of being brain dead, Dr. Bhargava shared:
“The formal announcement of brain death takes place after the state government-appointed team performs a series of tests to determine if brain death has occurred. A patient who is brain-dead has no brain activity and can’t breathe on his/her own. Brain death is death and it is irreversible. Someone who is brain-dead, can’t recover.”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of this 10-year-old who has gathered the courage to take such an inspirational step at the toughest phase of his life. As we pray for his mother’s soul to rest in peace, we hope life would get a bit easier for this courageous boy’s soul.