An eight-city Times of India survey in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, and Ahmedabad highlights the significant difference made by organ donation awareness campaigns and as the result, a greater number of people have started to gain interest in becoming donors. The survey asked the following questions.
- Are you aware of organ donation?
- Do you know which organs can be donated?
- Do you know when a person can donate an organ?
- Are you interested in becoming a donor?
- Do you know how to sign up for organ donation?
- Have you signed up for organ donation?
- Is the process of sign up for organ donation is easy or hard?
- What are your concerns about organ donation?
Here are the top findings of the survey:
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However, as the statistics revealed by The Hindu tells another story as this growing interest is not converting into action. As compared to America’s 26, Croatia’s 36.5, and Spain’s 35.3 per million; India’s organ donation rate is relatively poor which is 0.26 per million.
The poor organ donation rate in India is mainly because of the misconceptions. Some out of the reasons responsible for this are the lack of knowledge about the process of signing up to become a donor and non-acceptance to brain death as the end of human life.
This is validated by Organ Retrieval Banking Organization (ORBO), which says that “Indians averse to accept brain death and as, they see a warm body, an active pulse, and a beating heart, families perceive it as the possibility to bring patient “back to life.”
Once patient’s brain is declared dead, almost 37 different organs and tissues can be harvested including some of the essential body organs such as Heart, Liver, Kidneys, Lungs, and Pancreas. The donation of the entire body can assist up to 40 patients in-need. But, if the heart stops functioning, only tissues like Bone, Skin, Cornea and Heart walls can be used.
If the awareness about brain death increases gradually, then lives of several patients can be saved and will let the grieving families come out of pain.
Would you have an organ transplant in case you needed one? Thinking of this situation takes an initiative today to donate organs and tissue? Please feel free to share your thoughts on this and spread the word about organ donation.
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