“The loss of one life could be the beginning of another.”

Everyone wants to be immortal. Nobody wants to die. Wouldn’t you choose to live forever if given a choice? It seems impossible, right? But it isn’t. Any of us can continue to live forever if we donate our requisite organs (after we die, of course) to people who are suffering in between life and death.

Organ donation is the donation of organs or biological tissues of the human body from living or dead person to a living recipient of transplantation.

Donation of organs is mostly done after the donor dies, but in some of the rare cases when the recipient is a close relative of the donor, the donor donates his organ (such as one of the two kidneys) to the recipient. However, in general situations, when the donors are declared dead then only his organs are transplanted onto others. In 2015, a baby was declared dead after 100 minutes of his birth due to anecephaly. He was the youngest organ donor in the world to have donated bis kidneys to an adult who had renal failure.

The Statistics say, that 1 organ donor can save 8 lives. So one does not need to be a doctor to save lives, donating eyes, tissues or organs after you are gone would be more salutary.

It is a stereotype, mainly in India than in western countries that donating organs would lead the individual to hell which has led India to slip on the 40th rank in the study of 69 nations in terms of number of transplants per million population. People do not approve to bestow body parts of their loved ones and that is what is causing millions of people in the world, die unattended, waiting for someone round the globe to pass on the hat to them.

How consent is taken?

Consent for organ donation is of two types : Explicit or the opt-in consent and presumed or the opt-out consent. In the former one, donor’s direct consent is received through registration during his lifetime whereas  in the latter one, donor’s direct consent is not received but it is assumed that it would have been approved if permission was taken. This procedure varies from country to country according to their respective laws. For instance, Germany follows opt-in consent which yields only 12% of the donors while Austria follows opt-out consent and has about 99.98% of donors.

In India, it is crucial to receive the donor’s consent through registration during his lifetime or the consent of the donor’s relatives if the donor has died without any registration. Therefore, this social cause must be widespread across the globe and people need to be made aware about this so that more donors arise and less patients cease to exist. (Currently, Tamil Nadu leads in the rate of organ donation.) So don’t take your organs to heaven, heaven knows how much we need them here because..
If you continue to make lives after you are gone, you choose to live forever.

PS : Register yourself through these links.

1) www.organindia.org
2) www.dontelifeindia.org
3) mohanfoundation.org

Share your donor card proudly with others and spread the idea.

1 COMMENT

  1. I would love to donate my organs once I leave ….. But i don’t know how to ensure this ….. Ur article is very motivational ..thanks .. I would just register on organidia.org ….

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