Organ transplantation is one of the most miraculous achievements of modern Medical Science. But it depends entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving gift to others.
Every year 5, 00,000 people in India, including kids, die waiting for an organ and all it takes to bring down this number is a small gesture from our part, a signature. The statistics of people dying due to non-availability of organs is alarming. Though almost one person dies every minute, only 0.08 people per million will be potential organ donors.
It’s the plethora of myths and doubts that make us turn a blind eye towards this cause, while the truth is, there is not a single reason why anyone of us shouldn’t donate our organs.
An initiative is taken up by CII-Yi (Confederation of Indian Industry-Young India), Mysuru, for the first time in collaboration with private hospitals to create awareness about organ donation on August 7. Awareness programme for doctors on ‘Organ Transplant Implementation’ will be held at JSS Hospital between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Panel discussion on constrains in organ transplants, practical difficulties in brain death identification and counselling will be held. This is followed by an awareness programme for public between 5pm and 7pm. Experts will be briefing public about insight into various transplants, sharing of experience by donors and recipients and breaking the myths regarding transplantations.
Across Karnataka, more than 4000 people have registered for want of kidney and other organs. There are people who are waiting even after registering for more than 10 years. Due to lack of awareness, people are not coming forward to donate organs. Keeping this in mind, CII has come forward to create awareness not only to public but also to doctors.
As part of this awareness programme, CII is conducting Poster Competition among school students on July 30 at SJCE campus. Over 200 students are expected to participate. The Theme is “Life… Pass it on & Gift a Life”. On July 31, walkathon is organised from Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Palace North Gate, Mysuru and 3K Run from Chamundi Vihar Stadium via Zoo and back.
“Poster competition is conducted for school students on July 30 where even the parents accompanying them will be educated regarding the organ transplantation. Youths will be motivated towards organ transplantation in the walkathon organised on July 31. Seminars and lectures for both doctors as well as public will be conducted on August 7 where myths and facts regarding organ donation will be clarified by expert doctors.”
- Shraddha Pathak, Chair B & C Yi Mysuru
WHAT IS ORGAN DONATION?
When we pass away, all our organs are either burnt or buried. If we have a good heart, we can choose to give them to someone and help him or her live. That’s organ donation.
HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
A transplant team of 4 doctors assesses the suitability of each donated organ and tissue, and matches them with the recipients’. Demonstration of brain death is the accepted legal criterion for establishing the fact and time of death.
Do you know?
- 10, 00,000 People suffer from Corneal Blindness & await Transplant!
- 2, 00,000 People die because of Liver Diseases!
- 1, 50,000 People wait for a Kidney Transplant!
- 50,000 People die from Heart Diseases!
And one person can save upto 8 lives and can donate heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, eyes, pancreas, intestine, skin and also improve the lives of upto 50 people by donating corneas, tendons, valves, veins and bones.
LET’S OVERCOME THESE MYTHS
- Organs are sold in black market.
- If I am a registered donor, a doctor might declare death before it’s appropriate.
- If I am declared brain dead, I might still have some chances of coming back to life.
- If doctors know that I have given my consent for organ or tissue donation, they won’t work as hard to save my life.
- I’m under the age of 18. I’m too young to make this decision.
- Organ donation is against my religion.
- My family will not be informed when my organs are transplanted.
- Organ and tissue donation will disfigure my body.