Organ donors ‘give life’ to four people
Taken from this week's issue
By GÜLDEREN ÖZTANSU
THE ORGANS of two young men who died in intensive care have “given life” to four other people.
Kenan Kurtdemir, 23, was left in a critical condition after a car crash in the early hours of January 17 in Girne, as previously reported by Cyprus Today.
He was being treated at Lefkoşa State Hospital’s intensive care unit, where he had been in an induced coma, but sadly died last Friday, January 22.
It was reported that Kurtdemir’s family had given permission for his organs to be donated.
Brother Anıl later wrote on Facebook that his organs had “helped three other people in their struggle to hold on to life”.
“My brother Kenan’s heart and kidney transplants were just carried out successfully and gave life to three people,” he wrote in the post. “He continues to live and to give life.”
Kenan Kurtdemir was buried on Monday, following the organ transplant operations, at Ozanköy Cemetery following afternoon prayers at the Ozanköy Mosque.
Meanwhile 37-year-old Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality Vehicle Maintenance Department worker Mehmet Fıstıkçı, who suffered a cerebral haemorrhage, also passed away on January 22 at the intensive care unit of Lefkoşa State Hospital.
Lefkoşa Mayor Mehmet Harmancı honoured Mr Fıstıkçı’s memory in a social media post that read: “I got to know him at the military; he was always respectful and full of love. He worked at our municipality. We were together for six years.
“His family meant everything to him. Your kids and your wife will be taken care of, your family first and then us, Mert. May God rest your soul in heaven, rest in peace beautiful person. Death is very cruel.”
Mr Fıstıkçı’s family also opted for organ donation and one of Mehmet Fıstıkçı’s kidneys was successfully transplanted.
The transplant of Mr Kurtdemir’s heart on Sunday was only the third successful heart transplant to have been conducted in the TRNC, Lefkoşa State Hospital cardiovascular surgeon Dr Hasan Birtan told Kıbrıs TV.
The patient who received the heart was in a “stable condition” in intensive care, he said, and could be discharged “in three to four weeks if all goes well”.
The heart transplant operation lasted “four to five hours” with no complications, Dr Birtan added.
The operation was conducted with the help of Dr Ömer Bayezid of the Akdeniz University Hospital in Antalya, Turkey, under a protocol signed between Lefkoşa State Hospital and Akdeniz University Hospital.
Dr Birtan also praised the families of Kurtdemir and Fıstıkçı for their “exemplary behaviour” in agreeing to have their sons’ organs donated.