Organ donation is a common term in today’s date but very few people are well aware of this medical procedure to step forward and donate organs to save a life. The process of removing an organ from the body of a living or deceased person is called harvesting. The recovered organ from the body of the donor is transplanted to recipient’s body through proper medical procedure. As per global survey, India is lagging far behind in organ donation (0.00005% as compared to 0.003% in western world) and the main reason behind it is lack of awareness and a lot of misconceptions.
In India, nearly 5 lakh people die due to non availability of organ per year as the country is suffering from an acute shortage of organ donor. It is scientifically proven that a person can save 8 lives by donating his/her organs. But a lot of myths prevail in Indian society regarding organ donation and through mass spread of awareness campaigns only, these myths can be replaced by facts to save thousands of lives. On this Organ Donation Day, let us take a pledge to donate organ and spread the awareness.
Here are a few facts on Organ Donation:
Almost everyone can be an organ donor irrespective of age, caste, religion and medical history. The process of organ donation is executed with the consent of the donor. In case of living donor, there are some legal procedures to donate organs (especially kidney donation) but in case of deceased donor, after declaration of brain death, the consent of the family members is important.
There are 6 organs that can be donated and transplanted:
Besides organ donation, tissues can also be donated and these can be harvested within 24 hours of death. Besides veins, skin, bones, valves and tendons, cornea donation is the most crucial one as survey reports reveal that nearly 2 lakh cornea donations are needed in India per year whereas only 50,000 corneas are donated. Cornea donation can give vision to many.
Even in this 21st century, there is perception in most Indians that organ donation will lead them towards hell after death. But this is a completely wrong notion as organ donation is not a sin but an auspicious activity that will help you to earn blessings of Almighty as well as many people who will get another life through your donated organs, only because of you.
So on this Organ Donation Day, let us take a pledge to Donate Organs and Save Lives.