Every year in India, nearly 5 lakh people suffering from organ failure die due to unavailability of organs. India has only 0.08 organ donors per million population (PMP) which is a significantly low number as compared to the need and demand of the country as large as ours. This grim figure is indicative of our nonchalance coupled with lack of awareness about organ donation.
So on this Organ Donation Day, how about you acquaint yourself with organ donation.
1. You can impact 58 lives
By donating organs like heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, intestines, pancreas, eyes and other tissues, you can save 8 lives and improve 50 others. Source www.rncentral.com
2. But, not every donor’s organs can be used for transplantation after death
Vital organs like heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, intestines and pancreas can be transplanted only after a person has been declared brain dead. In the case of death due to cardiac arrest, that is when the heart stops beating, one can only donate tissues such as eyes, bones, skin, cornea, heart valves etc. Source theodrc.org
3. There’s no minimum age. 3-year-old Anjana is the youngest organ donor in Kerala.While children need consent of parents to become organ donors, there’s no age limit to register as one. Recently, 3-year-old Anjana was declared brain dead after she collapsed at her home in Kerala. Her parents donated her organs that saved life of a 5-year-old boy, making her the youngest organ donor in Kerala.
4. Carry your organ donor registration card all the timeOnly registering is not enough, it is advised that you carry the donor card with you all the time and keep your family informed about the decision.
5. You can change your mind at any time
Registering for organ donation is not a one-way route. At any moment after getting yourself registered as an organ donor, you can tear the card off and inform your family that you have changed your mind. Source: www.setxseniors.com
6. No donation takes place without family’s consent
Even if you are a registered organ donor, in India, the rule states that no organ transplantation can happen if your next of kin does not permit. Source www.sloveniatimes.com
7. Organ donation does not leave your body disfigured
Only a small incision is made for the retrieval of organs, post which the body is stitched back and handed over to the family. Source jmarkmoralesmd.com
8. For those waiting for a new hope of life, register yourself as an organ donor on any of the links below