Inside the intensive care unit facility of Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) here, M Sharanya, a 21-year-old engineer battling for life for the past one week was declared brain dead on Sunday morning.
Although her family was in deep despair, struggling to come to terms with her loss, her father K Manian made a brave and generous decision to allow medical experts to harvest her vital organs.
"Our loss is irreparable but I know that Sharanya will be happy about our decision. The gift of life is precious and a few lucky persons will be blessed with a healthy life, because of her," said Manian.
Sharanya's family members were eagerly waiting for their daughter to be featured on the popular television contest 'Jackpot' on Jaya TV for which she was planning to go to Chennai on July 17. However fate had something else in store for her. On the night of June 29, while returning from a weeklong training session with three colleagues and two students, a speeding lorry rammed their vehicle.
Three persons including the driver of the vehicle died on the spot while Shalina, Sharanya's colleague succumbed to her injuries within an hour of the mishap. Sharanya had suffered severe brain injury and was referred to Kovai Medical Centre Hospital (KMCH) on June 30. She was undergoing treatment till Sunday morning.
"Sharanya had got placed at Infosys in Bangalore and was awaiting her appointment letter and other documents but then everything ended in this manner," Manian added.
She completed her bachelor degree in engineering from Info Institute of Engineering college here in Coimbatore and finished her schooling from St Joseph Matriculation Higher Secondary School on Trichy Road. Shalina who also died in the mishap was Sharanya's childhood friend.
A socially active person, Sharanya had even participated in the recent anti-corruption rallies organised in the city in solidarity with the Anna Hazare movement. She was also a good orator and a role model for her younger sister M Archana, a class VIII student.
"The family has donated eyes to Aravind eye Hospital, liver to Appolo Hospital in Chennai, kidneys to Kovai Medical Centre Hospital and heart to Frontier Hospital in Chennai. Patients who require transplants will be identified and surgery will be conducted soon," said V Ramesh, Vice President, Marketing division, KMCH, Coimbatore.