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Farmer struggles to donate body, writes to CM 

Sangrur: An 80-year-old farmer from Manakheri village of Sangrur district, Karnail Singh, today wrote to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh seeking help to donate his body for medical research.He visited various hospitals in the past one and a half years to fulfil his wish, but no one could help him as the district authorities say they have no provision for it and the body can be donated only in medical colleges.“One day I heard that someone from Malerkotla donated his body for medical research and after that I decided to donate my body for medical research as all my organs are working fine. However, even after visiting various hospitals in Ludhiana, Malerkotla, Sangrur and Patiala and speaking at Chandigarh, I am yet to get any help,” said Karnail Singh while sitting at his house with his family.He alleged that some officers in Ludhiana told him to inform them about his death a day in advance and they would send a vehicle to take his body, while some officers from Patiala told him that he should stay in touch with them to make required arrangements. “How can I know that I will die tomorrow?” he asked.Initially, he faced opposition from his family members, but after consistent efforts, he succeeded in convincing them.Sarbjeet Kaur, daughter-in-law of Karnail Singh, said their family wanted to set an example. “After failing to get any help from the authorities, he wrote a letter to the CM seeking his help,” said Advocate Dilawar Singh Chahal, cousin of Karnail Singh.Sangrur Civil Surgeon Dr Kiranjot Kaur confirmed that the matter was in her knowledge. “We do not have any provision for body donation at the district level, as we don’t need bodies in hospitals. Bodies are required in medical colleges for research and can be donated there only. I will look into the matter to help him,” she added.

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