Donate Life by Pledging your Organs on Organ Donation Day

By: Shrishaila, Diamond

Published On: August 13, 2021

Today on the 13th of August, we celebrate World Organ Donation Day by sharing the story of all those who gave a new lease of life to patients suffering from organ diseases. The motivation behind the inception of Organ Donation Day was to create awareness of its importance. A single organ donor can save up to eight lives and positively impact over 40 others in multiple ways. Below, we look at such instances and reflect on how the right action at the right time can change lives.

Second Chance at Life

After battling liver cirrhosis for seventeen years, Puja’s condition deteriorated as her kidney gave up. In March 2017, doctors suggested that the only hope for survival is to undergo a liver transplant. Her two daughters were on the verge of losing their mother to this ailment. The transplant bills were hefty and there was not much time left. 

After finding a match, Puja’s husband Anurag Bhatnagar managed to raise INR 25 lakhs for medication, surgery, anti-rejection medicines and post-op care through fundraising. He saved his wife, mother of two daughters with his efforts. The liver transplant changed the lives of this family. Pooja has recovered and is using her second chance at life to spend more time with her daughters.

Organ Transplants Were Safe in 1989, They Are Safe Now

Life does not have to end with end-stage diseases. Mohammed Lahiri (63) received a kidney transplant in the year 1989, when he was (age at the time of the procedure) He was able to live his life to the fullest. He used to trek, paraglide, go on tours and even finished his Haj pilgrimage after the successful transplant. Lahiri’s all-time wish is to enter the Guinness Book for Records -to share his story - and tell the world that if anything, the transplant made him grateful and gave him a new perspective on life.

Best Friends Since 2016

This next story will bring a smile to your face. In 2016, Sakhi John and Shaju Paul are two people who changed each other’s life. Sakhi decided to donate his kidney to Fr Davis Chiramel’s organisation, Kidney Foundation of India, inspired by his father’s actions, who had pledged his organs as well. Sakhi completed all legal formalities around the transplant and matched with Shaju who was then able to receive the transplant at the earliest.

The act of organ donation didn’t just help Sakhi save a life but also find a new friend. Saki and Shaju connected beyond the medical journey after finding out about each other’s identities through social media. They would meet each other every year in Peechi, Kerala and spend quality time together with each other’s families. They just met recently after two years due to Covid-19 restrictions and remain close friends to date.

Back to Being a Mom

At the age of just 24, Sanju Duhan was on the hospital bed away from her two beautiful daughters due to recurring seizures. The reason being Peripartum Cardiomyopathy which started after she gave birth to her second child. The doctors suggested that a transplant is the only way for her to survive. The news came as a shock to her family. 

The family found their silver lining when a match was found for her heart transplant. The only obstacle here was the money required for the transplant - an obstacle that could have cost Sanju’s life if not for crowdfunding.

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Sanju’s husband Rajesh Duhan raised funds through an online crowdfunding platform in India and managed to meet the surgery costs by raising Rs 25 lakhs for her surgery! Currently, Sanju is recovering well post the surgery and back to being with her family. Her two beautiful daughters couldn’t be more grateful for getting their mother back from the hospital healthy and happy. This family of four was able to go back to their everyday lives thanks to the transplant and fundraising.

The people waiting for an organ transplant can fill 586 Airbuses! 

Today, over 2 lakh kidneys, 50k hearts and 50k livers are required according to the Organ India Organisation. However, there are only 1684 kidneys, 339 hearts and 708 livers available leaving behind a huge gap between the recipients and donors. According to a report in OrganIndia.Org, India has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the world! 

Pledging to donate your organs helps tackle these numbers and save lives! If you wish to help out in other ways, you can also start a fundraiser on a crowdfunding platform in India or donate to provide financial support to transplant patients in India. 

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