In India, every year, many people lose their lives because of organ failure. However, organ transplantation is a hope for such patients but there are many constraints like the cost of the transplantation, donor availability and awareness about the process.
There are two options for getting an organ transplantation done – One when your first relative like wife, kids, mother, father donates their organ or a part of it (in cases of the liver) and second is when you get a cadaver donor, which means people who are clinically brain dead donate their organ.
In India, there are many patients waiting for the donors to save their lives but unfortunately, the donor-patient ratio is quite low. I don’t want to get into the stats but to give you a broader picture, there is always waiting of a few years to get a cadaver donor and many people lose their loved ones due to this shortage. Many people fear and don’t wish to risk their family member’s life. They don’t want to save themselves keeping other’s life at stake. Hence rule out the option of living donors.
I very strongly feel every one of us should come forward and join this noble cause, register their organs for donation after their death as this will save many lives. Many people wish to donate but due to lack of information, they could not. So, I am sharing the details about the transplants and the registration process. If I will be able to inspire even a single person to donate their organs after they leave this world and save even a single life, I will get a satisfaction in my heart.
Please note, this is only a broader picture of Organ Donation I have shared. You will get the complete details once you register yourself on the below mentioned sites.
As mentioned above, there can be two types of donors – one of your immediate family members, your blood relatives (wife, children, mother, father, sibling). They need a permission from the doctor-in-charge of the transplant center to donate their organ. Other relatives and friends can also donate but that requires a lot of paperwork. Consent letters are signed, police verification is done and some more documentation is done before processing. But, most importantly, to finalize the living donor, a person who is willing to donate should qualify all the medical tests and various other parameters like:
Age: Between 18 to 55 or maximum 60 years donors are preferred.
Health: Donor should be healthy and active.
Pregnancy: Donor should not be pregnant.
Willingness: Donor must be willing to donate voluntarily without any pressure and well informed about the risks involved and procedure.
Disease: Donor should not have any serious illnesses. No fatty liver, no jaundice, no other liver/kidney/ heart disease, diabetes or cancer, High or Low BP that is difficult to control. Should be free of certain viruses such as hepatitis C or HIV. Should not be an alcoholic or have any other drug-related issues. Should have a controlled weight and proper BMI.
WHICH ORGANS CAN BE DONATED?
Different organs, such as heart, liver, kidneys, and tissues, such as corneas and bone marrow, tendons, can now be successfully transplanted into patients, who can expect to survive for years or even decades. The different organs that can be transplanted depend on the type of organ transplant i.e. whether the donor is alive or deceased.
Where, on one hand, living donors can donate only a limited number of organs and tissues, like one kidney (because one kidney is capable of performing bodily functions), a part of pancreas (because half of the pancreas is enough to perform the pancreatic functions) and a part of liver (because it is the only body organ that regenerates over a period of time), on the other hand, cadaver donors can donate their heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, tissues like cornea and bone marrow.
- It is very important to inform your family and friends about this decision so that they remember and act accordingly when required.
- Without your family’s consent, organs cant be donated.
- Always carry your donor card with you.
I don’t want to sound great and mighty by writing this post. The sole purpose is to motivate and encourage more and more people to register themselves and help others.
WHERE TO REGISTER?
There are many organizations where you can register yourself as a donor and a donor card will be issued to you. Here is a list of a few such Organizations:
Here, I end my article with a few lines:
I wish to give my sight to the person who has never witnessed the beauty of sunrise and sunsets. I wish to give my eyes to someone who has never seen his/her kid’s giggling, growing and beaming face. I wish to give my eyes to someone who lives by the beach but feels it only through the waves’ touch.
I wish to give my heart to someone who has suffered endless days of pain lying in ICU with fluctuated lines on the monitor screen.
I wish to give my kidneys to someone who has been dependent on dialysis for his/her day to day survival.
I wish to see the world through someone else’s eyes even after I die.
I wish to beat in someone else’s body when the rhythm of my heart stops.
I wish to give my tresses to make wigs for the brave hearts who lost their hair to cancer.
I wish to give my blood to the little fighters to beat leukemia. I wish to give every single drop of my red fluid to the youngster who met with an accident and parents praying outside the ICU for his/her breathe.
I wish to give all the 4 parts of my liver to a father fighting cirrhosis so that no other daughter wails in the memory of her dad.
I wish to give every bones, fibre, muscle, nerve, cell to make someone’s life brighter.
I wish to go from this world leaving behind my goodness and bury my faults in the grave,
I wish to live forever in the eyes and hearts of people by a few lives I can save.
So, friends, please please come forward, be a braveheart and register yourself as a donor.
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