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Delhi accident victim’s donated organs save three lives

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donateNew Delhi: In a fortuitous series of events, doctors in two Delhi hospitals were able to save the lives of three people on Thursday following a laudable act of organ donation by the family of a 17-year-old accident victim.

With the help of a team of experts at Max Healthcare along with other city hospitals and Delhi Police, a 32-km green corridor was set up from Max Super Speciality Hospital in Shalimar Bagh to Max Hospital in Saket at 10.20 a.m. to transport the heart of the road accident victim in 45 minutes and 27 seconds, the hospital said in a statement.

The donor’s two kidneys saved the lives of two patients at the Shalimar Bagh hospital, while a 46-year-old woman with end-stage heart failure at the Saket hospital was the recipient of the donated heart.

“Our team worked round-the-clock to ensure a seamless and successful heart transplant,” said Kewal Krishan, programme incharge-heart transplant and ventricular assist devices at the Saket hospital.

“Given the abysmal number of heart donors in India, it was crucial to ensure that every step of the transplant was carried out without any roadblocks. We are proud to have successfully performed this transplant with the support provided by Delhi Police in creating the green corridor,” Krishan said.

The two corneas were sent to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) and the liver to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) for transplantation.

“January is a time for resolutions. This month brings with it a hope in everyone to make changes and a chance at new beginnings. The donor’s family has given that chance to many today and we take pride in being of part of this brave and generous act,” said Rajneesh Malhotra, chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) at the Saket hospital.

He said “organ donation is a true sign of humanity” and “we urge everyone to take inspiration from the family of this 17-year-old boy and come forward for organ donation”.

“Their one decision has brought back hope and happiness in the lives of many patients and their families,” Malhotra said.

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2020 will be known as year of internal discovery: Modi

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The year just ending may be called by some as one of external disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic but for India, it will be known as a year of internal discovery, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, affirming that “reforms and resolve, resilience and responsibility will power our journey in the coming year”.

“Some may call the year 2020 as a year of external disruptions due to the pandemic. But I firmly believe that 2020 will be known, not as a year of external disruption, but as a year of internal discovery, for our citizens, for our society and for our nation,” Modi writes in a special article in the “Manorama Yearbook 2021”.

Noting that adversity not only builds strength “but also brings out our true innate character”, he writes that the pandemic “has brought to the fore India’s national character for the entire world to behold, as a resilient and united nation. Across the world, people have expressed wonder at the way in which Indians, whether poor or rich, young or old, rural or urban, have shown the ability to be responsible, disciplined, focused, law-abiding, patient and composed during a crisis of unprecedented proportions”.

“We have not only stayed firm in the face of trying circumstances but have also helped the world – India emerged as a pharmacy to the world, sending life-saving drugs and medicines far and wide, at the same time ensuring no shortage to our own people,” Modi writes.

Even as the country and the people were battling a once-in a-century health pandemic, various parts of the country faced devastating cyclones and other such hardships. “However, the central government, various state governments, and people from across the country came together to face these challenges.” “Our nation’s resilient spirit was complemented by our robust systems and institutions. Our physical infrastructure held together by the fabric of our society formed the foundation of our determined response. Our healthcare infrastructure was tested but never bested. Even as systems were crumbling in many other countries, our infrastructure scaled rapidly and immensely to help crores of people in various ways,” Modi writes.

Speaking about the future, he says India “is ready for an ambitious marathon” on the road to development in the coming decade.

“A slew of reforms across various sectors are strengthening our development trajectory. Earlier, reforms used to be hostage to political expediencies. However, political calculations matter only when a nation is aiming low. For an aspirational nation that wants to surge towards its destiny, no bar is high enough for us to leap over.

“Today, India is progressing rapidly towards the goal of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. An Aatamanirbhar Bharat means an India which is more competitive, an India which is more productive and an India which celebrates local talent. An Aatmanirbhar Bharat will increase India’s role in global supply chains by attracting more global businesses to India to take full advantage of India’s policy stability, low taxes and skilled human resources,” the Prime Minister writes.

A trinity of reforms in the fields of education, agriculture and labour laws will immensely help our students, farmers and youth and empower them with more choices and unlock their full potential while maintaining adequate safeguards for the vulnerable.

“We are also undertaking deregulation and de-criminalisation of offences under the Companies Act to increase the Ease of Doing Business. We are welcoming private enterprises in all sectors to improve competition and choice for the consumers. India is also one of the most open countries today when it comes to FDI, which is resulting in record inflows of FDI from across the world,” the Prime Minister writes.

The COVID-19 pandemic, Modi says, has reinforced the ability of technology to be a valuable bridge. From multi-nation summits to multi-national companies, everyone’s work had to go online. Despite the pandemic-induced disruption, it was the technological platform laid assiduously in the form of JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) Trinity that helped the government reach the poorest of the poor with direct financial assistance worth lakhs of crores of rupees when even developed nations were struggling with archaic I.T. systems.

“In the coming year, there will be an even greater focus on self-reliance and resilience in technology. In the movement for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, technology-both as a domain and as an enabler-plays an important role. There is a buzz about India’s young and vibrant tech circles. Both the government and the tech ecosystem will continue working closely on strengthening the homegrown start-up and mobile app ecosystem.” The democratization of access will be a force multiplier to the power of technology. “It was India’s state-of-theart digital payments framework which ensured that commerce still connected small businesses with consumers in times of social distancing. To further power India’s tech revolution, we have already committed to taking broadband connectivity to over 1 lakh villages, and within the next 1,000 days, it will reach all 6 lakh villages of India,” the Prime Minister writes.

 

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