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Odisha CM Honours Suraj's Organ Donation, Announces Annual Award In His Name

11 November 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: In an honour to the step taken by parents of late Suraj Behera who donated organs of their son to save six lives after he was declared braindead, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced to institute an annual award in his name.

“An Annual award will be instituted in the name of 'Suraj' to felicitate organ donors from the State and institutions that motivate organ donation,” the Chief Minister stated.

He also announced a homestead land and Biju Pucca Ghar for the parents of Suraj and an assistance of Rs 5 lakh from CMRF as recognition for their inspiring humane act.

"The parents of late Suraj Behera of Ganjam District have done an inspiring and exemplary humanitarian act by donating six vital organs (both Kidneys, Liver, Heart and both Eyes) of their braindead son saving precious lives of others who were in need," stated Patnaik.

Suraj, was a resident of Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district and was working in Surat. He lost his life after facing an unfortunate fatal road accident on October 29.

After struggling for about 5-6 days in hospital, he was declared brain dead on November 2 by the doctors. His parents were contacted by a local NGO. They decided to donate his organs to save lives of others.

Accordingly, his Heart, Liver, two Kidneys and both the Eyes were transplanted to save lives of six persons. His Heart was carried by plane to Fortis Hospital in Mumbai and was transplanted in the body of a woman.

Both his Kidneys and the Liver were transplanted into three persons in Ahmedabad and the two Eyes went to two persons in Surat.

Babuli Sethi, Suraj's Father

Bikram Keshari Arukh, Forest & Environment Minister, Odisha