In India, Organ Donation Day is celebrated on the 13th of August every year. This year it falls on Thursday next week. This day is celebrated with a view to take the importance of organ donation to the general public. Organ donor can be anyone from whom the organ can be transplanted to the patient, who is in urgent need of the same. Once an individual donates an organ, it will be saved properly for transplanting to a patient whenever a patient with the need of that particular part is identified. The thing to remember here is that an individual can give a new life by donating his organs.
Importance of organ donation:
Reports state that nearly 5 lakh Indians die every year, mainly because of the failure of the functioning of important organs. Even though, these people are young enough, their life would have been saved, if they have got the life saving organ during the fight against life and death. By transplanting an organ from an older individual to younger individual, there are chances that the older person may live even for several years after his death through his organ, which is donated to a young man.
Organs donors are considered to be the soldiers of god or even gods themselves as they save many lives. It is stated that a single organ donor can give life to about 8 individuals. The August 13th provides an excellent opportunity for people to come forward to donate their organs.
What are the objectives behind this noble day?
• To take the importance of organ donation to general public
• To say thanks to the people, who have already registered themselves for organ day donation
• To distribute the importance of organ donation
• To remove the hesitations and myths surrounding around organ donation.
What are the organs that can be donated?
As most of us know, eyes are commonly donated organs. But, more than this organ, there are other organs that can be transplanted to another individual or many other patients and they are:
• Heart valves
• Bone tissues
• Skin Tissues
• Small intestine
In India, after the brain death of Hithendran, his doctor parents decided to denote all his organs and his heart saved the life of a nine year old girl. Likewise, organ donation is something that can save a number of lives and as mentioned earlier, an individual can save up to 8 lives by donating his organs.
Where to donate organs?
Top Non Government Organizations that are operating in this field in India are:
• Gift A life
• Gift your Organ Foundation
• Mohan foundation
There is a facility for Indians to register themselves in the organ donor registry in India. Many government programmes are operating in this regard with a view to motivate people to donate organs and also to make sure that the recipients rightly get the life-saving organs.