Our National Heroes

Syed Naveed Anwar


The story of our first deceased donor transplant began in October 1998 when Naveed, a 24 years old chartered accountant student, met with a serious road accident. He was admitted in intensive care unit of Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi and placed under the expert care of the neurosurgeons and intensivists, who despite their best efforts could not save him and he was declared “brain dead”. Naveed belonged to a middle class educated family who often used to discuss the issues like deceased organ donation and Naveed had expressed the desire to donate his organs. Naveed’s family honored his request and approached the doctors with their wish to see him alive in someone else through the gift of life of his organs. The two successful kidney transplants took place at SIUT on November 5, 1998. His corneas were also transplanted in two deserving patients.