A colleague sent me a link to this excellent series "Indian Hospital", on Al-jazeera. I'm grateful.
I've not yet completed watching this movie, but one thing struck me while listening to it: that the rate of organ donation in India is particularly low. I'm not sure about the detailed statistics on this, but I'm thinking of making it mandatory for people to be organ donors before they get the right to comment on this blog.
Being an organ donor is SUCH A SIMPLE thing, and COSTLESS. I can't imagine why anyone would not donate their body for use after they are dead.
An organ is such a vital thing. Once we are dead we don't need our body or organs. We should be thrilled if someone can benefit from our dead body.
Organ donation is ONLY good. There is not one bad thing about it. No cost whatsoever, only gain. A PRICELESS gift that costs nothing!
If there is any manna from heaven, that would be a donated organ.
The manna is FAKE. The organ is REAL. And has more beneficial properties than any manna, than ANY miracle.
Dear IT experts, is there a way I can require everyone who comments on this blog to confirm (through a tick box) that they are organ donors, before they comment on this blog? Any WordPress plugin that I can use?
Here's information on organ donation in India [Source]
It is estimated that in India every year over 100,000 people are diagnosed to have kidney failure and would be needing a transplantation. Due to non-availability of organs only about 2,500 kidney transplants are done. The same thing happens for eye and other organ donations as well.
Call Toll Free number across India for any information on organ donation or to donate organ at: 1919
Imp numbers for Delhi & Mumbai (using MTNL)
1. Information Service on Eye Bank is 1919
2. Centralized Accident & Trauma Service 1099
3. Information Service on Blood Bank is 1910
4. Dial a Doctor 1911
More information, below:
Organ donation is the gift of an organ to a person who needs a transplant. It’s a procedure in which a healthy organ is taken from an individual who has died and transplanted into a person whose own organ is not functioning properly. Donated organs give the recipients the opportunity of a longer and better quality of life.
Sometimes people suffer from irreversible organ failure and the only way they can recover or lead a normal life is to receive an organ transplant.
Yes. It is legal. In India it is governed by the Transplantation of human Organs Act (HOTA), 1994. This act makes it mandatory for institutions conducting transplants to register with an authority appointed by the state government. Many safeguards against misuse have been built in the rules.
Organs that can be transplanted are Kidneys, Heart, Liver, Lungs, Pancreas, Small Bowel, Cornea. Tissues like Heart Valves, Bone and Skin can also be donated.
No, Blood and Bone marrow may be donated by live donors. Partial Liver & Kidney donation is allowed by law for blood relatives of the recipient. For other organ donation, the person has to be pronounced ‘brain dead’.
The Transplantation of Human Organs Act lays down criteria for determining brain stem death. The brain stem death tests must be performed by four Doctors together, none of whom has anything to do with the transplant, and this must be done twice, with a minimum gap of six hours. Such brain death can be declared only in institutions recognized by state appropriate authority.
No. Your doctors will take the utmost efforts to save your life. This is their first duty. If despite their efforts, the patient dies, only then will the organs / tissues will be considered for donation. These doctors will not be involved with the organ transplantation, a complete different set of doctors will take over for the further procedures.
Yes if you are taken to the hospital in time and that hospital has capability for organ transplantation and is registered with the state authority.
The recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs and has to be compatible for that organ. If not, the next person in waiting will be considered.
NO, the recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs. Clinical criteria like blood group, immunological status, and medical urgency are considered for the transplantation. There is no discrimination based on money, colour, race and religion.
No. The details of the recipient are not revealed to the donors family.
No, the details of the donors are not revealed to the recipient.
All religions in India consider organ donation as an Act of Charity, support it.
Yes you can specify the same on your organ donation card.
No. The recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs. Organ donation is not accepted if it is conditional.
No, the cost is borne by the recipient’s family.
You simply have to fill up and register on our site. You will receive an Organ Donor Card at your mailing address. Please carry this card with you at all times.
If you discuss your wish with your family they will be ready for the donation when the time comes and will be able to process the donation faster.
No, if consent for organ / tissue donation is given, the surgery is done immediately and there is no interference with the customary funeral arrangement.
Yes, simply tear your organ donation card.
No, the law does not permit commercial dealing in human organs.
The medical condition of the donor will be assessed at the time of organ donation. HIV and Cancer are specific conditions which excludes people from donating.
All potential donor’s blood is screened for ruling out transmitted diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. The family of the potential donor is kept informed of this requisite procedure.
Anyone 18 years of age and above can be a donor. Parents or Guardians consent will be required for any individual below 18 years wishing to donate an organ.
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