Imagine yourself in a spot where you lose your loved one due to a health concern like an organ failure! What would you have hoped and prayed for in this time of need? You surely would have prayed for someone blessed enough to donate their organs who has possibly passed away and whose organs will go to waste in a cremation rather than saving the life of your loved one!
Well, this is what happens day in and day out. And this is the plight of millions of families who lose their family and friends due to minimal organ donors in the country, unawareness and prejudices of this very important health concept.
Understanding Organ Donation & Its Process
Organ Donation is the surgical process of retrieving an organ from the human body either living or deceased. It is then transplanted into the recipient who is a patient that is suffering from an a-particular organ failure. Some of the main internal organs that can be transplanted are kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and intestine. As for tissue donation, it includes skin, cornea (eye-donation), veins and bones.
Organ Donation after death in India works in the following ways:
- A deceased donor can be someone who has had a fatal head injury leading to a brain hemorrhage and is declared brain-dead by a dedicated medical team.
- Upon being a registered organ donor, the decision lies in the hands of your kin and family members who need to provide their consent. An organ transplant cannot happen without this process.
- Recipients who are on the waiting list would be contacted by their respective hospitals and would be called in to have a talk about the processes ahead.
- After the organ donation process, the body of the donor is respectfully returned to his/her family.
Understanding The Statistics
It is unfortunate that in spite of having registered organ donors, there are very few donations made due to lack of awareness, religious prejudices and hesitant relatives who deny the process at the very last minute. Due to strict government protocols, nothing much can be done other than a transplant coordinator encouraging the deceased’s family to opt for organ donation and save a person’s or multiple patient’s lives.
An estimate of 1.5 lakhs patients who are pronounced brain-dead due to a fatal accident or any other injury comes in and even though they are registered donors, only 2-3 percent of the demand is fulfilled. With a huge shortage of organs, we urge you to discuss this important health concern with your family, encourage them to support your wish after death and make sure your organs are donated. You’ll be saving a life and a family too!
Donating Your Organs
In India, there are many hospitals that are open to organ donation and organ transplants. It is wise to indulge in a thorough check within your city and be aware of which hospitals do it, just in case you want to help someone or become a donor yourself. As for applying for the pledge form in which one receives a donor card which isn’t a legal document but it does hold weight where it stresses the wish for one to be an organ donor. Make sure to carry it with you at all times and have your family and friends be informed about this decision. For more information on the processes, you can check out https://www.organindia.org/ & https://www.notto.gov.in/ where you can find all the necessary forms and all the information that you need to know.