Udupi, April 26, 2023: On April 22, 2023, a tragic road traffic accident occurred at Chennagiri Road in Bhadravathi, Shivamogga District. Ullas R, a 21-year-old resident of Kenchanahalli, Neergundi Post, Bhadravathi Taluk and son of Mr Rajappa, suffered severe injuries and was rushed to Kasturba Hospital in Manipal for treatment the following day.
Despite the best efforts of the medical team, Ullas R’s condition did not improve and he was declared brain dead twice in accordance with the Transplantation of Human Organ Act 1994. Ullas R’s family made the difficult decision to donate his organs in order to save the lives of others in need.
Following the protocols and decisions set forth by Jeevasarthakathe, SOTTO, Bangalore, Ullas R’s lungs were sent to Apollo Hospital in Chennai, his liver was sent to Aster CMI Hospital in Bangalore, one kidney was sent to A J Hospital in Mangalore for registered patients, and one kidney and corneas were retained by Kasturba Hospital Manipal for registered patients. As a result of Ullas R’s selfless donation, seven people were able to receive life-saving organ transplants.
Ullas R’s family expressed their pride in their son’s noble act, stating that “Organ donation is a noble cause and my son has committed a great deed even in his death.” Dr. Avinash Shetty, the Medical Superintendent at Kasturba Hospital, praised the family’s decision to donate Ullas R’s organs and called on more people to follow their example.
Thanks to the support of the Udupi and Dakshina Kannada Police Department, the harvested organs were transported to recipient hospitals via a Green Corridor.