150 organ recipients had gathered at the Hinduja Hospital to
celebrate their second lease of life and felicitate their donors. This program
aimed at encouraging more people to opt for organ donation.
Consultant nephrologist at Hinduja hospital, Dr. Allan Almeida said,
"It makes me happy to see more donors come forward. With this program, we wish
to highlight the need for donors and inform people that life can function
properly with only one kidney."
One of the major problems with organ donation is lack of
awareness among the common people about the procedure. Patients who cannot find
a matching kidney donor within their own family have to wait for as long as two
years to receive one. Another problem with cadaver donations is
lack of awareness in brain
death cases. Generally public hospitals get such cases and since they
are not identified in time it is a major hindrance in organ transplantation. In order to avoid such problems,
there has to be better coordination between hospitals and more awareness among
the common people.