The family of a senior citizen who suffered brain haemorrhage on Raksha Bandhan donated his body, allowing doctors to transplant his kidneys and liver.The organ donation scheme has helped 87 people this year - nearly 50% of last year's 184 - which was the highest since the programme began in 2001.Doctors from Saifee Hospital, where the senior citizen was admitted, said he was in the intensive care unit."He was put on a ventilator and two days after the treatment, he was declared brain-dead. Jeevandan organisation is doing remarkable work in spreading awareness about organ donation in Andhra Pradesh", said Dr Sandeep.
While awareness about organ donation and transplantation in India is limited to only certain sections of the populace, the situation becomes even dire when the people having pledged to be organ donors don't contribute to this cause. The gathering also witnessed presence of organ recipients who were given a new lease of life through cadaver organ donations. Each year, thousands of people die while waiting for an organ transplant.
This screwed up demand and supply ratio is due to very less people who actually donate their organs.
"One of the major reasons is lack of awareness about organ donation in India at large where majority of the population is still shackled with myths and religious beliefs, hence there is an urgent need to address this issue and create sound awareness", said Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Apollo Hospitals Group.
Organ Donation Day is celebrated on 13th of August every year by the people in India. Almost 1.5 lakh people are in dire need of kidney but only 3 thousand of them receive one. Health officials are mulling over including first cousins and in-laws on the list of live donors who can donate without appearing before the organ transplant authorisation committees of respective states. Apollo Hospitals Visakhapatnam has performed more than 300 Kidney Transplants, 2 Heart Transplants and 8 Liver Transplants.