“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
It is no secret that organ transplants save lives. It is perhaps the easiest way one can think of saving someone’s life. If we choose to, our organs are harvested after we are gone and transplanted into another person for their survival.
But, why donate? Each year, thousands of people die while awaiting a transplant, just because there are no suitable donors for them. The need for organ donors has never been greater. In India, approximately 5 lakh people die each year due to lack of donors and the acute shortage of organs. There is a wide gap between the organ transplants needed and the number of organs donated. By donating you can save the lives of up to 7 individuals; and enrich the lives of over 50 people just by tissue donation alone.
The act of donation can also help grieving family members. Losing a family member or a loved one is difficult. There’s a comfort that family members draw from the fact that their loss may have helped save or improve someone else’s life. It’s a small step towards healing the grief that one feels after losing someone they loved.
All of us can be organ donors, irrespective of age, caste, religion, community. A fact that tremendously raises the stakes in helping individuals who are at crossroads for survival. For recipients, an organ transplant is another chance at living. Organ transplants allow the recipient to probably live a normal life, once again. Vital organs that can be donated only in case of ‘brain death’ are heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs and pancreas. In case of natural death corneas, heart valves, skin, bones etc. can be donated. In a recent development, Maharashtra state has proposed an incentive scheme to offer free medical treatment to family members of organ donors.
To increase awareness and encourage people to donate their organs, Rajesh LifeSpaces joined hands with Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Mumbai, taking their “Save A Life Effort” blood donation initiative forward. ZTCC is a non-profit, government body that was started to promote organ donation in Mumbai. It consists of CEOs of all recognised hospitals, NGOs, organ transplant experts and prominent citizens of the city.
Family & friends associated with the organisation successfully engaged in an organ donation seminar held at Kohinoor Continental on Monday, 28th of August 2017. On the occasion, Mr Harish Patel, Vice Chairman of Rajesh LifeSpaces said, “We are happy that people turned up in good numbers and helped us support this initiative. Together with ZTCC, we hope this small effort helps in the process of eradicating the shortage of organ donation in our country”.
It’s a small step towards making a bigger difference in our country. Pledging your organs is a noble cause, one that not leaves your legacy behind but also brings colour and joy into someone’s life. Take the pledge, here.