We all watch superhero movies, shop for superhero products and the first thing that comes to our mind in a fancy dress competition is a superhero costume.
Why just admire superheroes when you can be a superhero to someone in real life? Although you won’t get superpowers like teleportation or climbing skyscrapers or flying in the air, you will surely get one power- the power to save lives. The power to change tears of helplessness into tears of joy.
And how would you do that?
What? Are you even serious? Organ donation? And me?
I know people have such a reaction to hearing such a thing. Why should I part with my organ for someone I don’t even know?
“I think it’s a great thing, but I’m not sure if it’s the right thing for my religion.” One thing is certain. It has nothing to do with your religious beliefs. God would surely put saving someone’s life above saving your myths about religion.
You would ask me, why do you care about all this?
According to WHO:
Only about 0.01 percent in India donate their organs after death. There is a major lack of awareness about the issue and recent polls and surveys reveal that people would have come forward with their wish to donate if they had received more information. A major reason for the shortage of organs is that many people have not expressed or recorded their wish to donate or discussed with their families.
Organ donation is a life-transforming gift.
Let me explain this trough a story:
There was a man in the U.S.A who wanted to bury his favourite Lamborghini while it was fully functioning and just needed a few repairs. His friends and family tried to convince him that you could just sell it or gift it or even donate it to someone. Why waste a totally perfect Lamborghini just like that? His only reply was, this expensive Lamborghini is not worth simply burying. Then what are we doing with our own body? Our most precious organs which can be donated to save someone’s life are just buried and wasted!
Did you know?
By being an organ donor, you can save the lives of up to 8 individuals and save or improve the lives of up to 50 people by donating tissues and eyes.
If this still does not convince you, there is only one person- Deeyan Udani.
He is the youngest organ donor of Mumbai. At the innocent age of 7 years, he donated his organs after death. He gave life to 4 and vision to 2. Deeyan, along with his parents and nine-year-old sister, was to fly back to Sydney on January 22, but collapsed just two hours before they were to head to the international airport. The family was holidaying in India and thought his complaints of headache could be related to travel fatigue. They rushed him to Nanavati Hospital, where multiple clots were found in his brain.
The Jain family, originally from Andheri, shifted him to Mahim’s P D Hinduja Hospital, where a surgery was carried out on January 27to release the pressure inside the brain. “He did not respond to it, “said Dr Sucheta Desai, the hospital’s transplant coordinator. Deeyan was declared brain dead on Saturday after a second successful sleep apnea test. “Amid such grief, the family was very keen on donating his organs even before we approached them, “she added.
Deyaan’s mother Mili said she had just fulfilled her son’s wish. “Coincidentally, this year itself my children had learnt about organ donation in school…Both of them said they would want to be donors when they grew up,” Mili said. The family donated Deyaan’s heart, kidneys and liver. The kidneys were given to an 11-year-old and a 15-year-old at Jaslok Hospital. His liver was transplanted into a 31-year-old man at Jupiter Hospital.
– Src. The Times of India Updated: Feb 1, 2016
Not only this, there was an organ donation program launched in his memory.
Watch a short video of the epic launch:
To know more about the program and how you can be a part of it, visit:
Did you know?
22 people die every day while waiting for a transplant.
People have some frequent questions which I would like to answer.
Which organs can be donated in case of natural death or cardiac death?
You can donate your eyes and skin. The family should contact the nearest eye and skin bank without much delay. If you don’t know any, just take the help of Google Devi.
Are there any restrictions on organ donation based on my age?
In the case of the cornea and some other tissues, age does not matter. For other organs, it is the person’s physical condition, not age that matters.
If you are not a major yet, you can still inform your family about your wish to become a donor.
Will my body be affected due to this?
The procedure of organ removal doesn’t disfigure the body. Organs are always removed with the greatest of care and respect for the person. This takes place in a normal operation theatre under sterile conditions by a team of specialized doctors. Afterwards, the surgical incision is carefully closed and covered by a dressing in the normal way.
If a person is hospitalized, the medical staff provides the best possible care, regardless of organ donor status. A donation is only considered after a patient has died.
Some other things to know
Almost anyone can be an organ donor regardless of race or religion. All major religions in the U.S.A support organ donation.
You never know what will happen the next moment in life. It is much more likely that you will need an organ donation at some point in your life than that you will be able to donate one yourself.
Even famous celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and many others have come out in support of the cause.
Read their story here:
So why still wait? Go wear your superhero cape today. Let your love breathe even after your death. Commit to a noble cause today.
P.S: I have already pledged!