Transplantation of Hands and Faces is not life-saving. Hands and faces are highly visible parts of the body, and closely related to the identity of the individual. This makes their transplantation difficult.
It has been observed that the police officials are reluctant to give authority for organ donation in Medico-Legal cases. This may be either because of their fear of accountability of their decision, jurisdictional problems or lack of knowledge and clarity on the statutory provisions in such cases.
A mother faced with a dying child receives the ultimate gift from another mother who lost her son. A miracle followed by more miracles aided by doctors, government organizations, police and the large hearted residents of Chennai.
Contrary to popular perception, the problems facing organ donation in India are not unique. The all too often heard “fact” that Indians do not want to donate because of religious reasons is simply not true.