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Pledge To Donate Organs and Save Lives

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Organ Donation Day in India is celebrated on 13th of August every year by the people, government organizations and other related professions in order to motivate normal human beings to donate the organs as well as to understand the value of organ donation in the life of an individual.

Organ donation is when a person allows healthy transplant-able organs and tissues to be removed, either after death or while the donor is alive, and transplanted into another person. One organ donor can save up to eight lives. Not only does it save lives of multiple people, but in a small and meaningful way, eases the pain of your family too. It helps them cope with the loss of a loved one.

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All of us can be organ donors, irrespective of age, caste, religion, community, current or past medical condition. Children can also be organ donors after taking consent for organ donation from their parents. Vital Organs like heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and pancreas can be donated only in case of ‘brain death’. However other tissues like corneas, heart valves, skin, bones etc can be donated only in case of natural death.

In India every year nearly

  • 5,00,000 people die because of non-availability of organs
  • 2,00,000 people die of liver disease
  • 50,000 people die from heart disease
  • 1,50,000 people await a kidney transplant but only 5,000 get one
  • 10,00,000 people suffer from corneal blindness and await transplant

While views of organ donation are positive there is a large gap between the numbers of registered donors compared to those awaiting organ donations on a global level. In Western Countries around 70-80 percent people happily pledge their organs, saving several lives. The issue lies in the lack of awareness regarding organ donation.

Those who wish to donate can visit some of the following links for getting themselves registered.

After the registry, a donor is provided with a donor card.

So what are we waiting for? Let us register and make our own little contribution towards saving someone’s life!

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