The eyes, heart, pancreas, kidneys, esophagus, liver and bone marrow of a Bengaluru youth have granted a new lease of life to at least eight persons in New York. This followed his family’s decision to donate all his organs after he was declared brain-dead in Brooklyn Hospital Centre on Sunday.
Rajeev Naidu, 24, was admitted to the hospital with lung infection on February 21 and was undergoing treatment under the care of his roommates. Rajeev was pursuing masters in engineering from New York University in Washington Square South. He was a meritorious student and staunch follower of New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum.
“My parents and I haven’t seen Rajeev since he fell ill in February . We never expected this. My husband Jayanth has gone to the US to bring his body home. We are proud of whatever he did while he lived and equally proud of him for promoting a greater cause by donating his organs,” said his elder sister Kruthika Purushottam, a techie with HP. The family is expecting the body to arrive in Bengaluru by Thursday .
His last rites are likely to be performed on Friday . Rajeev, from Vidyanagar in Bommasandra, southeast Benglauru, completed BE in Computer Information Science from PESIT University in 2014. Rajeev worked in Dilip Material Handling Equipment, a local company in Bommasandra, for a year before taking admission for masters in NYU in 2015.
“Rajeev was an amazing person -kindhearted, helpful and always sported a smile. He would approach classmates, juniors and seniors to talk to them and help them. He was a great student and one of the top scorers in our university. Rajeev has made India proud by donating organs to those who needed them in US,” said Tejaswini Reddy, a classmate from PESIT.