God in Human form

via Source : Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai ([email protected]) published on October 15, 2008

On October 2, the asti (ash) of Hitendran was immersed at the confluence of three seas in Kanykumari. A large number of people led by the district collector offered floral tribute to his photo.


Who is Hitendran? A 15 – year old schoolboy. He died in a road accident on September 20 near Chennai. His father and mother are both doctors. They donated the heart, liver, eyes, kidneys and bone marrow of their dead son. Nine – year old girl Abhirami of Bangalore, to whom his heart was transplanted, happily survived.


When the Dr Ashokan, Hitendran’s father and Dr. Pushpanjali, Hitendran’s mother, decided to donate their son Hithendran’s organs after he was declared brain dead, a suitable recipient was quickly identified. in Abhirami, a patient at Dr.Cherian’s Frontier Lifeline Hospital . K. M. Cherian, pediatric cardiac surgeon, appealed to Chennai Commissioner of Police R. Sekar for help to rush the organ to the hospital. Mr. Sekar, in turn, instructed the traffic police to facilitate this. Sunil Kumar, Joint Commissioner, Traffic, said: “the best way to rush the organ was to take it in our own vehicle, and by ensuring green lights at every signal. As a result, we managed to take the heart from Apollo Hospitals in Teynampet to Frontier Lifeline in Mogappair in exactly 11 minutes.” The surgery was performed by Dr.Cherian, after his team, which was headed by consultant cardiac surgeon Madhu Shankar, rushed the heart in a bag of ice to the hospital in the police vehicle. He adds that the harvested organ will have to be transplanted within four hours, and the faster it is done, better the outcome.


A widespread public appreciation of the organ donation of Hitendran in the media led to many coming forward to sign pledges of organ donation. The council of the Major Panchayat of Thirukalukumdram, his home town in Chengalpattu district, has announced that a street in the town will be named after Hitendran. It said, it would renovate a park   near his house and name it after him. Several presspersons who attended a condolence meeting in Chennai Press Club resolved to donate their organs. Several towns in Tamilnadu and Puducherry arranged solemn public meetings to appreciate the organ donation by Hitendran.


Abhirami’s parents Shri. Shekhar and her mother Smt Manjula, said they look upon Hitendran as God in human form, who had come to save the life of their daughter. The couple based in Bangaluru, Karnataka, announced their intention to form a charitable Society in memory of Hitendran to help the needy. They installed a photo of Hitendran in their pooja room and are worshipping him.

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