Organ Donation: Huge gap in demand-supply a matter of high concern

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 13, 2017

The family of a senior citizen who suffered brain haemorrhage on Raksha Bandhan donated his body, allowing doctors to transplant his kidneys and liver.The organ donation scheme has helped 87 people this year - nearly 50% of last year's 184 - which was the highest since the programme began in 2001.Doctors from Saifee Hospital, where the senior citizen was admitted, said he was in the intensive care unit."He was put on a ventilator and two days after the treatment, he was declared brain-dead". This public awareness initiative aims to bring together information and awareness on the issue of organ donation.

"Another factor which hinders the organ donation is that there are many unscientific and superstitious myths attached to it which discourage people to come forward to register". "Even if the applicant claims the donor is a sibling, doctors still ask them to appear before the committee as there have been instances where paid donations have happened and the donor turned out to be unrelated to the recipient although documents said otherwise", said a senior doctor who has been instrumental in facilitating organ donation drives in the state.

"Summary: We hope more lives can be saved with the awareness", said Dr Shabina Khan medical administrator of Saifee Hospital. Each year, thousands of people die while waiting for an organ transplant.

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Every year, 90pc people in need of a critical organ to save their life end up facing death due to unavailability of donors.

All the staff of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital also took pledge to donate organs along with Gautam Gambhir. Almost 1.5 lakh people are in dire need of kidney transplants but only 3,000 of them receive one. Vital organs such as the heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and lungs can be transplanted to those whose organs are failing. A single donor can save eight lives by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel.

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