Yatharth Upadhyaya – He Died as a Toddler, but Lives on Through Organ-Donation

Yatharth Upadhyaya – He Died as a Toddler, but Lives on Through Organ-Donation

The pain of losing a child is an unimaginably scarring one. And if the child passes away at the time he was just a toddler, the pain then becomes inexplicable – especially for the parents. As much as one would pray that such a situation never befalls on any parent ever, well, destiny plays by its own set of rules.

This is the story of Yatharth Upadhyaya. He died just two months before ringing in his third birthday. But he lives on through his organs which were donated post-death. His heart still beats, his eyes are seeing the world, and his liver and kidney are functioning inside somebody. Yatharth’s living through four other children.

Yatharth Upadhyaya – He Died as a Toddler, but Lives on Through Organ-Donation

The little boy was ailing from prolonged fever, which led to seizure and cardiac arrest. His failing health had him get admitted Bengaluru’s Manipal Hospital a little over a year ago. The doctors had pronounced him brain-dead. Soon after the doctors’ declaration came, Yatharth’s parents Rajalaxmi and Amit Upadhyaya gave permission to harvest and donate his organs. His parents spoke to each other and reached a conclusion that they could spare other parents from suffering pain and help their children live. It was an opportunity for Yatharth to live on.

A team of doctors and nurses travelled from Chennai to harvest Yatharth’s heart with support from local medicos. The heart was airlifted and transplanted successfully into a 33-month-old child. Whereas Yatharth’s liver, kidneys, and cornea were given to different kin in Bengaluru.

Yatharth’s father Amit said that they had full faith in the medical system, but it let them down as their son’s life could not be saved. But he is happy and content that their son’s organs have helped other children to live.


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