The number of people dying every day due to some malfunctioning in their body systems because of organ failure is ever increasing. The scenario can’t be changed until and unless the noble act of organ donation is adopted in society. Everyday an average of 22 people dies waiting for an organ transplant. Here are 6 things you simply need to know about Organ donation.
1. An Organ Donor Saves Lives Of 8 People And Change 50 Plus LivesOne organ donor can save the lives of eight people and change the lives of more than 50 people. Even if people of the same family as that of the victim take an initiative to do this, miracles can happen.
In 2016, 19-year-old Sanjana, met with a road accident suffering a severe head injury and was declared brain dead. Inspired by the self-less actions of the man who was severed in but still ensured his organs were donated, her parents too opted for the same. Her heart got transplant. Her other vital organs — liver and one kidney — were transplanted simultaneously into a 44-year-old woman in the city. The other kidney went to a recipient, while her eyes were donated too.
2. Almost Every Organ Other Than The Brain Can Be TransplantedThese days, almost every organ other than the brain, is being transplanted due to the advancement in medical technology. 10 to 12 people can get a new lease of life from one donor as the eyes, pancreas, kidneys, liver, heart and lungs can be used. Advanced medical care has improved geriatric care and older people can also improve their quality of life from donated organs.
3. Personal Sentiments And Lack Of Awareness Often Hinder Organ DonationIn April of 2016, Kejal suffered irreversible brain damage while out on a morning walk with her mother on Thursday. The 16-year-old was sitting on her mother's two-wheeler when a car knocked her off while trying to overtake. Hours later, Kejal was declared brain dead at the hospital. Her uncle and her colleagues were aware of organ donations. They had convinced her parents that it was a noble deed and that it could save several lives. The families consented to donate her kidneys, liver and also her heart (which in her case was not fit to be transplanted).
The main reasons which hinder donations are personal sentiments, religious beliefs, procedural delays and lack of awareness. Almost anyone can be an organ donor regardless of age or medical history. A baby who died 74 minutes after birth became the world’s youngest organ donor.
4. Organ Donation Does Not Leave Any Disfigurations On The BodyDespite popular misconception, organ donation doesn’t leave any disfigurations on the body.
5. Carry Your Organ Donor Registration Card With YouPeople who are willing of the cause must carry their organ donor registration card with them at all times and let their family know about their decision. Register today. The registration is very simple and literally life-saving. So, visit your family doctor about it and register .Inform your family and friends know about your decision .Just be sure to carry your registration card with you at all times.
6. Every Year In India, Nearly 5 Lakh People Suffering From Organ Failure Die Waiting Due To The Unavailability Of OrgansThe number of organs that have donated are merely a tiny dot compared to the need and demand in a large country like India .This is mainly because of the lack of awareness about organ donation. Our favorite kryptonian superhero, Superman had super strength, super sharp hearing sense and ability to fly. You need neither superpowers nor a cape to be a hero. Be a hero in the eyes of others by donating your organs.
After all, “good is not a thing you are but it’s the thing you do “.By donating organs like heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, intestines, pancreas, eyes and other tissues, you can save 8 lives and improve 50 others.