05:18 GMT20 January 2021
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    According to Indian law, only the deceased person’s immediate relatives are allowed to decide if the person’s organs are be donated after his or her death. Even if a person has pledged to donate organs during their lifetime, consent from the relatives is still needed. India now faces an acute shortage of organ donors.

    A 20-month-old girl, who succumbed to her injuries at a New Delhi hospital this week, has become India's youngest organ donor.

    ​According to a statement by New Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday, the heart, liver, both kidneys and both corneas of the toddler were transplanted to five other patients after her death.

    “During our stay at the hospital we met many patients who were in dire need of organs. Though we lost our loved one, still our daughter continues to live and in the process either giving life or will be improving quality of life of needy patients,” said the girl’s father Ashish Kumar.

    “Despite the irreparable loss of their girl child, the parents had the magnanimity to donate her organs,” said the doctors.

    The hospital said that more people like the girl’s parents are needed to come forward in a bid to address the acute organ donor crisis facing the country.

    “At 0.26 per million, India has among the lowest rate of organ donation. On an average, 500,000 Indians die every year due to a lack of organs,” noted Dr. D. S. Rana, the Chairman at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.


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