Why Should You Consider Organ Donation?
We all want to be remembered – remembered for who we are, what we’ve accomplished and the difference we’ve made. One way to make a difference is by donating organs. Organ donation is a wonderful legacy we can leave behind. Donating our organs after we are gone is the closest we can come to giving life to another individual.
Organ and tissue donors leave a miraculous legacy. They are living proof that death can bring life, that sorrow can turn to hope, and that a terrible loss can become the greatest gift of all. Every day they lead us on a journey of hope, renewal, and transformation. By donating, each person can save the lives of up to 7 individuals by way of organ donation and enhance the lives of over 50 people by way of tissue donation.
Organ Donation in India:
Even though there can be no act holier than organ donation, the demand for organs outstrips supply in almost every country of the world. In India, about 1,50,000 – 2,00,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant, however, only 2-3% of them are able to get one. Moreover, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 0.01% of people in India donate their organs after death, while in western countries around 70-80% pledge their organs. The acute shortage of organ donors in the country is mainly due to the myths, superstitions and stigma associated with donation.
Therefore, the time has come to break the taboo, and become agents of life.
Who Can Be a Donor?
Almost anyone can donate organs and tissues. Children can also be organ donors after taking consent from their parents. The determining factors are where and how a person dies, and the conditions of their organs and tissues. While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn’t assume you’re too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor.
Usually people who have a history of heart disease, chronic lung or liver disease, kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer or untreated psychiatric disease are contraindicated to donating. Smoking, obesity and other health issues are considered on an individual basis.
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