Coimbatore: 27 December, Thursday: Post his duty hours, having suffered severe headache and giddiness besides experiencing multiple episodes of vomiting, N. Ponnampalam, a native of Erode and a resident of Saravanampatti was admitted to Sri Ramakrishna Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday. The 40-year old, who was employed as a security guard with a private company here, was treated by a team of neurosurgeons under the leadership of Dr. K. Asokan chief neurologist at the multi-specialty hospital. Despite administering the best treatment, the patient showed no signs of recovery. Ponnampalam was declared brain dead twice in an interval of six hours on Wednesday.
His family came ahead and decided to donate his vital organs, thus giving a lease of life to four. While one kidney was donated to a patient at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, another kidney was sent to a private hospital in the city. His heart was sent to a private hospital in Chennai, liver were sent to another private hospital in the city and his corneas were taken to an eye hospital in the city. Management of the hospital appreciated the bold move of the family to donate vital organs.
It may be noted that Sri Ramakrishna Hospital currently holds the Guinness World Record for having “THE MOST PEOPLE TO SIGN UP AS ORGAN DONORS IN A SPAN OF EIGHT (8) HOURS” .