Kalpetta: "Amma, if anything happens to me, then donate my organs,” Don told his mother Sophie, when they saw a news regarding organ donation about a month and a half back. Now, Don’s mother fulfilled his wish with teary eyes.
Days after expressing his desire, Don Gracious, a 15-year-old boy, became a memory. He was a Class 10 student of Don Bosco School, Irinjalakuda. He had secured A+ in all subjects for his board exam this year.
On May 30, a thirty-one-member excursion group from Thrissur’s St Joseph Parish, including Don, reached Wayanad. The next day, at around noon, Don and his friends went to bathe in a river at Chooralmala.
Though two children who drowned in the river were rescued, Don could not be saved. He was rushed to Dr Moopen's Medical College in Meppadi but was declared brain dead.
Even amidst their loss, Don’s parents Jose and Sophie stood by their son’s wish and fulfilled it. His two kidneys and liver will now give life to three people. The organ donation was carried out as per the 'Mrithasanjeevani' scheme of the Kerala government.
At 5.30 am on Tuesday, the ambulance carrying one of Don’s kidneys left for Government Medical College, Kozhikode. The second kidney and liver were brought to Aster MIMS, Kozhikode. The kidneys will be donated to Kozhikode and Thalassery natives and the liver to Vadakara natives.
Don’s body was taken to St Joseph's Church, Thuravankunnuand and kept for homage at Don Bosco School. The funeral took place at 11.45 am at the church premises.
Left like his brother
Jose and Sophie, residents of Pullur in Irinjalakuda, are in profound agony as they cope with the unexpected loss of their children. Their eldest son Alan Christo (18) also met an untimely demise a year ago due to drowning in Karuvannur River.