13 Feb Organ Donation- giving new life!
Donation is something that is given as charity, mostly money to the one in need. There are various aspects to what can be given; clothes, books, food, kitchenware, toys, art, linen, and even parts of your body can be donated after death or while you’re alive. The human body is recyclable; it has so much to offer back after death. On average, twenty people die every day due to a lack of available organs for transplant. One deceased donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and can save or enhance more than 100 lives through the lifesaving and healing gift of tissue donation. “Youngsters are ready to donate, their need is guidance”, says Priyadarcine, Volunteer of Bhumi, The Eye Donation Awareness Campaign provides this right guidance.
We always hear people saying, ‘Live life fully’. How to do that? Work hard, eat nutritious food, be happy with the smallest of things, decide what’s important to you, show your love to people you care about, live in the present, ignore the haters?
“Through our awareness campaign, eight people have got eyes across Tamil Nadu”, says Ranjith Kumar, Ignite associate and volunteer. Living fully can also simply mean being able to see with your eyes.Therefore, we ask the people who are reading this if you want to know more, check out www.bhumi.ngo/seeing-is-believing-please-donate/
Organ donation is the process of removal of the organ and donating it to the next in kin, legally, either through the consent of both the parties. This donation can take place through a living person or a brain dead person. A brain dead person can save seven lives; commonly the donations include kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, bones, bone marrow, skin, and corneas. A living person can also donate part of the pancreas, tissue, lungs, intestines, living, or a kidney. The organ donation rates in India are very poor compared to developed countries. With a ratio of 0.3/million, the donors are gradually increasing but not at a level with the increasing number of patients on the waiting list. Limb donation is carried out after death, when the patient is brain dead (Brain-dead is where a person’s brain doesn’t function anymore, the heart continues to beat with support).
By this, we can understand that there are two types of donation, living and deceased. In many western countries, it is presumed that the deceased organs are to be donated unless denied, but in India’s case, the requirement of a written agreement is necessary and there are inadequacies in strong regulations in this aspect. Our culture impedes us to donate as there is a strong belief to go back to the earth and be a part of it after death.
The recipient of your donation is revived into a newer path of life, they get healthier and their overall quality of life is boosted with an increased lifespan. Anyone can be a potential donor, without any cost. Thus, limb and organ donation is important for the growth of humankind.
Wordsmith: Aparna Nair (Intern, Bhumi)