One Heart, Two Lives
The first-place winner of “Children, Hopes and Dreams”, the first UNICEF Iran and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance joint photographycontest
Sajjad Darwishali, a 9-year-old boy from Yazd, was brain dead after a car accident in his hometown while cycling in a street on August 31, 2019. Upon his family's consent, his organs including his heart, liver, cornea and kidneys were donated to patients in need.
On September 1, 2019, Iran's emergency flight team headed to Yazd to quickly transfer Sajjad's heart to Tehran in order to be transplanted to another 10-year-old boy, Mahyar Issaei. The transplant operation was successful. Mahyar had been suffering from cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, for four years as a result of Kawasaki disease. He had been waiting for heart transplant for four months. Mahyar was discharged from the hospital after 19 days and is recovering. Doctors recommended him to rest at home for three months due to low immunity of his body and then gradually return to normal life. From now on, the hearts of the two families are beating for Mahyar’s health, wishing him a bright future.
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