- Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, has announced an annual award in the name of ‘Suraj’ whose organs were been donated by his parents
- CM Patnaik has also announced an award of Rs 5 lakh to the family in recognition for their inspiring humane act
With an aim to promote the cause of organ donation and to create awareness among people, the Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has announced ‘Suraj’ award. The annual award will be given to the families of the organ donor.
Patnaik met Suraj’s family on Monday in Bhubaneswar. And, hailed their efforts as humane which will motivate people in the state.
Suraj Behera, a 22-year-old boy, who hailed from Ganjam district, Odisha, met with an accident on October 29. Suraj was admitted to the hospital, but during the course of the treatment, was declared brain-dead by doctors on November 2. When the counsellors approached the family, the family which comes from a humble background consented to donate his organs.
The Chief Minster Office (Odisha) tweeted:
CM @Naveen_Odisha has announced an Annual Award in the name of ‘Suraj’ of Ganjam district whose parents donated six vital organs of their braindead son to save lives of others. The award will motivate organ donors from the state and institutions that facilitate organ donations.
— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) November 11, 2019
According to the press release issued by CMO office, kidneys, liver, heart and both eyes of Suraj were donated, which has helped save four precious lives. And, he has given the gift of sight to two people.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Nilesh Mandelwala, President, Donate Life, an NGO which works for the cause of organ donation in Gujarat, said, “The Chief Minister invited Suraj’s family and felicitated them. It was indeed a heart-warming gesture. Nothing can be a bigger recognition than this when the Chief Minister appreciates the decision of a family.”
“The CM has announced an annual award on the name of ‘Suraj’. This will help create awareness about organ donation and motivate people to come forward to save precious lives. When a person’s life is saved, the Chief Minister himself endorses the cause, misconceptions in the mind of people will also reduce,” added Nilesh Mandelwala.
Knowing that the family comes from an economically-challenged background, the Odisha government has decided to provide a homestead and a house under the Chief Minister’s scheme.