- We all have the power to
save lives through organ donation
- Most of the organs are
removed only after the patient is declared clinically dead or brain dead
is a worldwide shortage of organs and there is a huge gap between demand and
supply of organs
'Don't take your organs to heaven, for heaven knows we
need them here'
Day is celebrated on 13th
August every year in India and is the last
day of the organ donation week that starts on the 6th
MOHAN Foundation, a pioneering NGO in this field started the organ donation
week and organ donation day about 10 years ago and this tradition continues in
India. This week has become synonymous with the week of giving, a week of
celebration of life itself through the noble act of donation.
period the value of 'Organ Donation
how organ transplants can save lives is explained through various activities
like seminars and camps. Popular newspaper and television channel also have
promoted the cause in association with corporate hospitals.
‘One organ donor can save 8 lives and enhance many more lives through organ donation and tissues donation.’
can be a life saving
surgery to people who die due to failure of one major organ of the body. This
means that when an organ donor donates organs, he or she will actually donate
One organ donor
can save 8 lives and enhance many more lives through organ donation and tissues
Day is also an occasion to honor medical researchers who have worked tirelessly
not only to transplant organs, but also to help the body accept the newly
replaced organ with immunosuppressive drugs
and various ways to
preserve the organs that would be removed from the body.
Organ Donation Day:
- To create awareness about the need
for organ donation
- To create awareness about the procedure
of registration for organ donation
- To spread the message of
organ donation across the country
- To raise above the
inhibitions and religious beliefs and stress the importance of donating organs
to save lives
- To honor the organ donors
organs and tissues that can be donated include -
- Cornea (eye)
- Skin tissues
tissues and Bone marrow
can be done by a living
person as we have two kidneys and the popular adage is 'one to spare and the other to
Living person can also donate
part of their liver but this is a risk prone surgery
. Liver has the ability to
regenerate to its normal size after donation.
donation is only possible after brain death. After brain death all the organs
and tissues can be donated and in India this is an accepted form of death as
defined by the law.
Due to high
number of road traffic accidents deaths, brain death is a common form of death
but these are seldom identified and certified. This leads to loss of organs.
MOHAN Foundation has been working in the field from 1997 to spread awareness
about this form of death and the value of organ donation. So far they have
counselled over 1,200 families and this has resulted in almost 4,500 organs and
Tissue Donation Statistics from India
is the most common tissue
donation and kidney the most common organ donation in India. Government law on
"The Transplantation of Human Organs Act" in 1994 has curbed illegal organ
transplantation and accepted brain death as form of death to make more organs
available. Since 2012 the organ donation after brain death has gone up three
times from 196 donations to 570 donations in 2015.
Deceased organ donation statistics - 2015
Tamil Nadu has
been a leader in the field of both corneal and deceased donation rate and
numbers in the country.
sharing registry for deceased donation and transplantation is available in
Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This can be used by people all over India and ensures
fair use of donated organs and allotment according to the priority of the
Oct 2008 to Jun 30, 2016
Donors From Tamil Nadu
Total Major organs
(Source - http://www.dmrhs.org/tnos)
Some of the
NGO's and organizations where one can contact regarding organ donation are:
- MOHAN Foundation
- Dadhichi Mission
- Gift Your Organ
Organ Donor Card
ensures the consent of the donor of his or her organs after death. This
facility is provided by MOHAN Foundation to create awareness and get pledge for
Donation - Myths & Facts
My religion does not permit organ donation.
All religions support the concept of saving life and consider it as
a noble act. Organ donation is like any other generous offering done at the
place of worship.
My family has to take care of payments to remove my organs for
Once death occurs, expenses for the organ donation are taken care
of by the organization and the donor's family will not be charged.
I have a serious medical illness. Will my organs cause problems to
The team that coordinates the donation will consider the medical
history of the donor and determine the suitability of the donated organ.
I am too young for organ donation.
Children under 18 years of age require the permission of their
parents or legal guardians to authorize the consent. Child recipients require
smaller organs than adults.
I am too old for organ donation.
Organ donation does not have any age limit. People as old as 90
years can donate many of their organs.
If I donate most of my organs, my body will be mutilated and not
returned properly to my family.
Organs that are donated are removed with minimal possible surgical
procedures. Adequate sutures and clothing will be provided to make normal
Khalil Gibran said ~
'..You give but little when you give of your wealth
You truly give when you give of yourself'
So give a bit of
yourself and save lives and in the process extend your life through this noble
act of organ donation.
Go online today and
pick up your donor card by using this link - http://www.mohanfoundation.org/download_donorcard.asp
- Organ donation - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_donation)