Brain dead Kerala student becomes organ donor, saves lives of seven others

After his son Navis was declared brain dead, Sajan Mathew consented to have the 25-year-old’s organs harvested. Little did he know that his selfless act would give a new lease on life to seven other people.

This is what transpired. Navis Mathew, a post graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in accountancy from France, was at his residence in Kottayam taking online classes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On September 18, when Navis did not wake up at his usual time, his younger sister Vismaya (13) went to wake him up. To her alarm, Navis didn’t wake up, though he was breathing.

The family immediately rushed Navis to a private hospital in Kottayam, where doctors said that the young man’s sugar levels had dipped very low. Over the next few days, his condition did not improve, and he was transferred to a private hospital in Kochi on September 20.

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Four days later, Navis was declared brain dead. Soon after this, his father Sajan Mathew and his family agreed that their son should become an organ donor.

Navis’s heart was harvested in Kochi and transported to Kozhikode, where it was transplanted in a patient. The health department made a green corridor to swiftly and safely transport the live organ.

In addition to this, both of Navis’s hands, eyes, kidneys and his liver were donated to people in need.

Kerala health minister Veena George attended Navis’s funeral and thanked his family on behalf of the state government for donating their son’s organs and saving many people in the process.

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