Odisha government institutes annual award to promote organ donation


BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government has announced an annual award in the name of Suraj Sethi, whose organs had been transplanted on six persons after his death.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh and a house under 'Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana' for his parents.
State Forest Minister B K Arukha, who was present on the occasion, said that the award would help promote organ donation.
"His name is now going to be immortalised as the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced to institute an annual award in his name," a statement issued by the Chief Ministers Office said.
When Suraj's parents met him on Monday, the chief minister made the remark that it will be an exemplary inspiration for the society. He also appreciated the noble gesture of his parents - Babuli Sethi and Gitanjali Sethi.
Suraj, a resident of Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district who used to work in Surat, died after sustaining serious injuries in a road mishap on October 29.
After he was declared brain dead by the doctors on November 2, his parents decided to donate his organs to save the lives of others. Accordingly, his heart, liver, kidneys and eyes were donated and transplanted on six persons in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Surat.

With inputs from PTI

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