The family members of Naveen Shekharappa Gyanagoudar, an Indian student who was killed in a Russian missile strike in Eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv city, have decided to donate his body to a hospital for research purposes.
“Naveen was very interested in the medical sciences – he wanted to be a doctor, so it makes sense to donate his body so that it could be beneficial to other medical students,”
Shekhar Gouda, Naveen’s father, said his son was very interested in the medical sciences, He wanted to be a doctor, so family members thought it makes sense to donate his body so that it could be beneficial to other medical students.
Naveen, 21, was killed in Kharkiv in the Russian offensive on 1 March when he had left his shelter to get groceries. He was a fourth-year medical student at Kharkiv National Medical University and was from Haveri district in Karnataka. His family lives in the Chalageri village in the district.
The embalmed mortal remains of Naveen is set to reach Bengaluru from Poland on Monday at around 3 am. Harsha, Naveen’s elder brother, will receive the remains along with some other family members.
The family will perform a puja at their home with the remains and then they would hand over the body to S S Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, situated in neighbouring Davanagere district.
Shekhar said they were not initially sure whether they would get his son’s remains. They were relieved to get the news that mortal remains are arriving.