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Ram Babu

Aged 18years, resident ofBihar

Declared brain dead on April 26, 2011 in Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), Chennai

This was an exceptional and challenging case in many ways. Ram Babu's father had arrived that day from Bihar. Of course, he only spoke and understood Hindi. The Transplant Coordinators at the RGGGH could not speak Hindi at all. I happened to be in Chennai for a training program and was called to speak to the father as I understood the language. It was going to be my very first opportunity to counsel a family for organ donation and needless to say Iwas nervous.

approach and in my request. He was able to

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take this very difficult decision at avery difficult time.

As Transplant Coordinators, we have to inspire that faith in the families whom we work with and it can only come through an honest and sincere approach and being truthful at all times.

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Ms Marie-ThereseHampartzoumian Aged 68 years, Citizen of France

Declared brain dead on March 14, 2014 at Max Hospital Saket, New Delhi

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,..A1u1.11><c.11u1 for health, labour and social affairs invited us to the Embassy later that week to better understand organ donation in India and how they could support this work.

Going forward, this case will set the precedence for organ donation by foreign nationals in India. And it was only because we had the courage to make it happen.

Her husband Henri (who only speaks French) wrote to us after he returned to France:

"I was very moved reading your words & their inference. It was sad that I could not communicate with you but the expressions in your look & the sensitivity in your eyes always said it all. When our friends come over to the house I show them the pictures of our travels to India & the exceptionally


kidneys, heart, small intestine and both the corneas were transplanted to save many lives.

As Transplant Coordinators, we need to have a belief in not just the goodness of the cause but in the goodness of the people. We need to believe that people want to do the 'right thing' and that the world is full of those who want to make a difference. Most importantly, we cannot approach this work with cynicism and pre conceived notions.


CaseNo4 Praveen Dhankar

Aged 51years, Resident of Gurgaon (Haryana)

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