I, AAKRITI KHANNA, AM AN ORGAN DONOR…ARE YOU? Break the myths and find out how to register now!
August 16, 2017
Let’s start with a short true life story…
Kelly made her entrance into this world as a normal and healthy baby. Shorty, after birth, she developed neonatal jaundice. A month later, she was tested again, and the diagnosis came back: Kelly had neonatal hepatitis. Her liver was severely weakened.
Just after her second birthday, with doctors predicting that she had less than one week to live, a miracle happened. Kelly received a gift…The gratitude the parents felt can surely not be described in words.
Kelly’s mother says, “Today, it has been over 20 years since Kelly received her gift of life from a perfect stranger. This family said ‘yes’ to donation when their own child died. We think of her donor family and thank them in our hearts everyday.”
Dear readers, this is just one of many millions of stories of how a simple act of volunteering for organ donation changed someones life completely. All it takes is just 2 minutes! While in countries like America, every individual is a born organ donor, in India, lack of awareness, various myths, and an absence of a national registry has led to the dismal number of people signing up for Organ Donation.
After the marvellous show put up by CBYM 3 at the Guru Nanak Bhawan auditorium on 29th July 2017, hundreds of people came forward to support the cause and got registered there and then. But there is still much more work to do. The Hush Hush Diary tells you today all that you need to know and how to register in the simplest way possible.
BREAKING THE MYTHS
MYTH : I have a medical condition, so I can’t be a donor.
FACT : Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor.
MYTH : I’m too old to be a donor.
FACT : There’s no age limit to organ donation.
MYTH : I don’t think my religion supports donation.
FACT : There are 22 major religions in the world, none of which discourages organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
MYHT : If they see I’m a donor at the hospital, they won’t try to save my life.
FACT : When you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the one and only priority is to save your life.
MYTH : Organ/tissue removal will disfigure the body and affect cremation/burial arrangements.
FACT : The removal of organs or tissues will not interfere with customary funeral or burial arrangements. The appearance of the body is not altered.
MYTH : My family will have to pay for the donation.
FACT : There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.
MYTH : If I’m in a coma, they could take my organs.
FACT : The majority of deceased organ donors are patients who have been declared brain dead. But brain death is NOT the same as coma. People can recover from comas, but not from brain death. Brain death is final.
MYTH : I have always understood that when an individual dies, the heart stops beating. Since my loved one’s heart is beating even if the brain is dead, he is still alive.
FACT : The heart has its own pacemaker independent of the brain. As long as it has oxygen, it continues to beat. Eventually, the heart will stop, despite being on maximum life support machines.
MYTH : Once I become an organ donor I can never change my mind.
FACT : You always have the option to change your mind. You can withdraw your registration by informing the registry, tear up your organ donor card and let your family know that you have changed your mind.
HOW TO REGISTER?
While there are many organisations that help you register online, here is one of them – ORGAN INDIA . All you have to do is fill in the online form on the link below and press SEND. In two weeks you will receive your organ donation card. You can always call on their helpline numbers given on their website to know more about it.
Ask for an organ donation form at the email firstname.lastname@example.org , complete the form and send to the GLODAS office at 53-E Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana. GLODAS is another organisation that is actively devoted to the cause of Organ donation.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE:
Once you receive your donor card, keep it with you at all times and make sure you let all you friends and family know about your choice. At the moment in India, legally, it is your next of kin who will decide whether to donate your organs or not. Therefore, when you do register anywhere to be an organ donor, it’s very important that you discuss your wish to donate with your family and enable them to carry out your wishes in case the need arises.
We urge you not to hesitate in pledging to be a donor and make more and more people aware of the same too! Wishing all our readers hearts of gold and a healthy fruitful life!
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Organ donation is when a person allows an organ of theirs to be removed, legally, either by consent while the donor is alive or after death with the assent of the next of kin. Donation may be for research, or, more commonly healthy transplantable organs and tissues may be donated to be transplanted into another person.
Disclaimer : The information has been provided with pure intention of public good. To be or not be a donor is completely the personal choice of the readers. We urge you to speak to your chosen organ donation organisation before you pledge for a smooth and informed decision.