The current organ donation per million for cadaver (dead body) in India is 0.05 per million).
At just 2-3 per million donation rate there would be 2200 organ donors and the above figures would double and there would be no necessity to undertake living kidney donations.
But saying stuff like “After I die, donate my organs to people who need them” is frowned upon.
In fact, you can see your family members wincing right after they hear the first three words.
Experts say that the key to organ donation is the acceptance of brain death by family,
as the final consent to donate organs comes from the family even if the person is carrying a Donor Card.
- In case of Natural death only, cornea (relatively easy to transplant) and skin can be donated.
- Kidneys (within 12-15 hours), liver (within 8-12 hours) and heart (within 4 hours) of only brain dead,
can be donated.
- The donation of body can be made to a medical college only.
For starters you can pledge and apply for donor card as per below process but its optional
though it saves some formalities with the hospital.
What you need to do is to make sure your friends and relatives know that you want to donate your organs after death. If something happens to you that causes brain death then your next-of-kin will be asked for permission to use your functioning organs for transplant.
Then that person will contact nearby hospital, let them know the situation and go along with the process as detailed.
How to Pledge Organs:
- Log on to website of NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation) and register.
- Once registered, fill the Donor Pledge form and submit it.
- Once submitted, an email alert will inform the user to log on to the site to generate a donor card.
- Print the donor card.
Here are the links for some other good organisations that I could find:
Again, do discuss with your family before registering. They have the power to not let the organisation perform their duties after death, because in the end their decision will be final. So their consent is very important.
To sum up:
Currently in India, Organ donation is a topic which if its not associated with any celebrity, will live in obscurity. Its in our hands to mend the mindset of this generation otherwise this flow will go on.
But why we want the body parts burn or buried, just because of traditions?
If yes, then it had to be changed.
To support the cause, Government can give appropriate benefits to those who have pledged for organ donation. And to avoid any family’s disagreement over the body in the future, Government should block some part of insurance amount (which was earlier agreed upon by the the donor).
Or something similar can be done if people show interests of at least half as much as they show in cricket.
Thanks for reading…