Rajeev Naidu, 24, from Vidyanagar in Bommasandra, southeast Benglauru, was pursuing masters in engineering from New York University in Washington Square South, when he was admitted to the hospital with lung infection on February 21.
His condition deteriorated and he was declared brain-dead in Brooklyn Hospital Centre.
Knowing this, his family decided to donate all organs like eyes, heart, pancreas, kidneys, oesophagus, liver and bone marrow, and a result, he gave a new lease of life to at least eight persons in New York.
His elder sister Kruthika Purushottam, a techie with HP, said:
“My parents and I haven’t seen Rajeev since he fell ill in February . We never expected this. My husband Jayanth has gone to the US to bring his body home. We are proud of whatever he did while he lived and equally proud of him for promoting a greater cause by donating his organs.”
Rajeev, did his BE in Computer Information Science from PESIT University in 2014. Rajeev worked in Dilip Material Handling Equipment, a local company in Bommasandra, for a year before taking admission for masters in NYU in 2015.
Last month, seven-year-old donor, Deyaan Udani, became Maharashtra’s youngest ever organ donor. Deyaan’s organs were donated which gave four people a fresh shot at life.
In India, there is a huge gap between the demand and supply of human organs like liver, kidney and heart for transplantation.
Against an average annual demand for 2,00,000, 30,000 and 50,000 kidneys, livers and hearts for transplantation, respectively, only 6,000, 1,500 and 15 are available, the government had said.
The steps taken by the government to make organ donation easier, include through provision of updated information to the general public on the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation’s website, a 24×7 toll free helpline and the National Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Registry.