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Rules for donating organs in different states
Different states have different rules for donating any organ. To start with a unique situation in Maharashtra, where-in a HIV patient had to pass through severe ordeal of getting a kidney donated from his own mother. The waiting period was not less than 7 months and half months before the state government could give the final approval. The other states in the country do not have this type of red tape-isms for getting any organs from the relatives. The state of Maharashtra has stringent rule for getting an NOC from the government authorities.
The following guidelines will help you to know about the rules for donating organs to your relative(s).
Two types of donations
Organ donations can be of two types:
1) Live donation: In this category one can donate his organ to any of his or her loved one, close friend.
2) Cadaveric donations: In this category, a donor wishes to pledge his or her organ to be harvested after his or her death.
There are certain rules which you have to abide by for donating your organ to your own closest or dear ones or any member in your family.
Ø A person willing to donate his or her organ at any point, but if you are a native of Maharashtra, you have to obtain a NOC from the government. The other states do not have such rule of obtaining NOC from government.
Ø In any state that includes Maharashtra, you are to go through a health checkup. This is necessary for matching the organ of the donor and the recipient.
Ø A surgeon’s direction will be needed even after all these above procedures.
Cadaver donation is possible only after the death or the “brain dead” condition of the person, who has already pledged his body for harvesting. So before pledging your organs, you must take care of some important issues. They are:
ð If you want to pledge your body for donation, you must register yourself with an appropriate NGO. This is necessary because the NGO will arrange the “organ donation card” for you. This is a declaration of your willingness to donate your organ after your death or after your “Brain Dead” condition.
ð You must never hide from your family members that you want to allow your body to be harvested after your demise. This is very much important because after your death your family members may not allow the surgeon to take out the organ(s) from your body; while the doctors might have readied the recipient for the immediate transplantation. Since the time is an important factor for the surgeon for removing your organ and transplanting to the donor, if time is lost whole venture will result into despair for the recipient and the wish of the donor will be termed as “vague” or “unsolicited for”.
ð As per the rule of the Cadaver donation, the doctor will harvest the organ and finally return the donor’s body to the family members with fullest aesthetic manner. An aesthetic manner means all the cuts and harvested points will be covered / wrapped in such a way that the family members do not have any complain of aesthetics.
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