Day 15 #BlogchatterA2Z
I am not ashamed to admit that #BlogchatterA2Z has left me high and dry, not of my ideas but the ink in my pen. The hands are weary, eyes numb, rainbow of thoughts in my mind but staring at the wall, like a dumb kid. Even that’s acceptable lest this life decides to throw you a devil’s circuit to complete and brainstorm all the complexities.
In a nutshell life is beautifully screwed to the core at the moment and even the auto pilot mode has refused to take over 😛 . Yet there are things which grab your attention and howsoever messed up you might be, leave a lasting impression.
A couple friend who also happen to be nurses with India’s premier Medical Emergency establishment (AIIMS Trauma Center, New Delhi) were involved with a patient who had suffered a life threatening injury during a road accident and was declared brain-dead despite the hospital’s best efforts to save him. Now to say the least, such tragedies are a routine at such establishments but their real struggle proved to be able to convince the family to donate his organs.
A country almost 1.37 billion strong (unofficial figures) and rich on multiple fronts still lacks the openness and sensitivity to bring up concerns such as these and spread the required awareness. Our country ends up loosing 500,000 precious lives every year owing to lack of organ donation. The rate of contribution compared to global average given how proud we feel of our ever-growing populace is a meager 0.26 million whereas for countries like US and Spain it is 26 million and 36 million respectively.
Some hard-hitting facts in regards to India which are gathering dust in documented reports.
- 500,000 people die because of non-availability of organs
- 200,000 people die of liver disease
- 50,000 people die from heart disease
- 150,000 people await a kidney transplant but only 5,000 get one
- 1,000,000 people suffer from corneal blindness and await transplant
The intent is not to curse and crib but shake and awake the over educated of this nation. With every human life lost and millions ignored how can we so proudly claim to be developing!
WHAT IS ORGAN DONATION ?
It is a simple act of care and compassion wherein you voluntarily decide to donate your working organs post your demise so that somebody less fortunate could experience the beauty of life.
One organ donor can donate up to twenty-five different organs and tissues for transplantation. This can save up to eight to nine lives!
The donation does not necessarily have to be post demise but while being alive too. It usually happens when family members willingly donate an organ for their kin.
LEGAL POSITION ON ORGAN DONATION IN INDIA
Organ donations have been declared legal by Indian law. The government enacted the Transplantation of Human Organs Act (THOA), 1994, which allows organ donation, and legalized the concept of brain death.
“In India, a panel of 4 doctors has to declare you brain-dead before your organs can be harvested – this is done after a series of exhaustive tests – Cornea reflex test, Ear reflex test, Gag reflex test and Aphena reflex test – which are repeated twice in a time frame of six hours. ”
CHALLENGES FACED BY THE FRATERNITY
There are numerous medical as well as social organizations striving hard to make people aware, convince the hardliners and shun the myths as best as they can, yet the conversion rate is extremely poor. Some of the reasons attributing to the situation are;
- Religious beliefs
- Lack of awareness
- Poor counselling
- Emotional hurdles
- Prevalent myths like body mutilation
- Wrong notions about age, illness or physical defects
In a world full of complexities and suffering one should be open-minded enough to grasp the opportunities to bring about a positive change and additional smiles. On a lighter note, people are much more concerned about their bodily well-being after death than when they are alive.
Just like there is no age for learning, organ donation is devoid of age barriers too. Another important aspect to be aware of is that in spite of being a volunteer donor, the final word rests with the family at the time of brain-death (In Indian context). No matter where and when you registered to be a donor if your family does not concur with your decision the whole process goes futile. Hence, it becomes all the more important to convince them alongside to make the desired impact.
A lot many lives can be saved and a lot more smiles can be braved despite all the adversities. The only step we need to take is towards a logical approach and away from superstitions which deny us the power to be a better soul.
Let’s be the change we seek.
National Organ And Tissue Transplant Organization – Please visit the government portal for all your queries and stats.
Register here for your DONOR PLEDGE.
Till then keep SMILING and LIVE some more while you can, for there’ll be plenty of time to drag on 🙂 !
Stay tuned for more interesting and thought-provoking posts.