More than half a million Indians are estimated to be in dire need of an organ transplant. Yet, less than a thousand transplants from deceased donors are performed each year. Some of these people will find a living donor who will donate an organ to them. The rest will probably die waiting for an organ. You can help. Here are 10 things everyone should know about organ donation.
The truth is that the medical fraternity follows very strict standards laid down by the Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994, to determine if a person is brain dead or not.
In India, a panel of 4 doctors has to declare you brain death before your organs can be harvested. One of these is the registered medical practitioner in charge of the hospital, a registered medical practitioner approved by the government, the treating physician, and a neurologist/neurosurgeon/intensivist/surgeon also approved by the government to declare a brain death.
This panel will declare the brain death only after a series of exhaustive tests which are repeated twice with a gap of six hours. In most countries around the world, these tests are done only once.
For more information on organ donation, log on to www.organindia.org, where you can also fill out a form and claim your donor card. We will mail it to you within two weeks. Or call us at 011-41838382 or 9818303306. Visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/ORGANINDIA