An epitome of Compassion & Benevolence,Surinderjit Kaur Bhatia from Morinda left for heavenly abode the same way, she lived In life, donated blood 48 times and saved many critically ill patients

In demise, gave second lease of life to two and sight to two more at PGIMER

Chandigarh,15.09.19-God has a purpose for your life. I think my wife Surinderjit Kaur Bhatia was sent into this world by the Higher Power to save the lives of others. A blood donor for 48 times, she must have enhanced lives of hundreds critically ill patients. So I wanted to make sure through organ donation that her ‘spirit of giving’ continues and becomes her lasting legacy, stated the bereaved but brave heart husband Manjit Singh Bhatia as he consented for Organ Donation of his brain dead wife at PGIMER.

A picture of composure and poise himself, despite being faced with the unimaginable loss, Manjit Singh Bhatia turned his grim tragedy into a triumph for two terminally ill renal failure patients and two corneal blind patients with his generous gesture of Organ Donation.

Sharing about his inspiration for this noble deed, Manjit Singh Bhatia, a businessman from Morinda and a 52 times blood donor himself, said, “PGIMER is the inspiration. When you see patients suffering from so much pain and trauma, your heart melts and you want to do something to alleviate their pain. That has been the sole motivation for our blood donation since years. I vividly remember when we were awarded with Couple Blood Donor Award by PGIMER’s Blood Bank amid rousing applause, we thanked Almighty for making our lives worthwhile.”

“So when the doctors broke the news of my wife’s irretrievable condition, I thought that she lived her entire life caring for others only, it seemed right that it should be her final act as well,” further added courageous Manjit Singh Bhatia, who immortalised his wife with his decision of organ donation.

Expressing his gratitude to the donor family for their generous act, Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER stated, “Bhatia family from Morinda is an epitome of compassion and benevolence. Their noble deed of 100 blood donations and now organ donation is far more magnanimous than any eulogy, any words of gratitude. These are the people who instil confidence in humanity and who make PGIMER an inspiration. We honour the resolute spirit of the family and determined effort by the entire PGIMER team involved in the process to enable the family fulfil their wish by giving life to others.”

The picture perfect life of Bhatia family suddenly crashed when Surinderjit Kaur, 49, a resident of Morinda, district Roopnagar was admitted to Max Hospital, Mohali on 10th September following an intra cranial bleed. The prognosis being poor, Surinderjit Kaur Bhatia could not be revived and became brain dead on 12th September.

On being informed about the brain death, the family being strong promoters of the noble causes of blood and organ donation, showcased exceptional initiative and expressed willingness to donate organs of their dear one to the attending doctors. Immediately, Max Hospital got in touch with PGIMER for brain death certification and further management. The potential donor wasaccordingly shifted to PGIMER and was certified brain dead on 13th September.

With both children, son Maninder Jit Singh Bhatia and daughter Gagneet Kaur Bhatia supporting their father in his heroic decision, Manjit Singh Bhatia consented for organ donation. Following the family’s consent, kidneys were retrieved and were transplanted to two terminally ill patients suffering from renal ailment. The retrieved corneas, on transplantation, restored the sight of two corneal blind patients at PGIMER.

Prof. Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO PGIMER detailing about this cadaver donation experience stated, “Any initiative, however difficult, becomes meaningful when the community owns it and takes it forward. With the donor families like that Bhatias setting role models for others to follow, it seems we have come a long way through awareness generation. These families are the bedrock of the cadaver donation programme as they sustain faith in the cause. The donor Surinderjit Kaur Bhatia’s story is a story of resurrection, of good coming full circle.”

Sharing his sentiments, Maninder Jit Singh Bhatia, the gritty son of the donor, said, “My mother’s caring spirit, infectious smile and resounding laugh drew people to her. She was always there to lend a helping hand. One could easily spot her in the blood/cornea donation camps motivating participants to join the cause and register for blood and cornea donation. In fact, she had not only registered herself for corneal donation but also motivated over 400 for the same. So, organ donation at her final journey was an extension of her generous spirit.”

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Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, celebrated the 56th foundation day of the department by organizing a national CME (Continuing Medical Education) on “Brain Stimulation & Electro convulsive therapy”.

Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, celebrated the 56th foundation day of the department by organizing a national CME (Continuing Medical Education) on “Brain Stimulation & Electro convulsive therapy”.CME was attended by 200 delegates from all over the India, theyoung psychiatrists and trainees expressed gladness in participating in such informative conference. The Head of the Department Prof. SK Mattoo said that there is much need for such CME as these therapeutics are more acceptablethese years there will be a great demand in future. Punjab Medical Council (PMC) Sanctioned 4 credit hours for this CME.