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Life After Death: Organ Donation

"Don't take your organs to heaven with you. Heaven knows we need them here"
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A function to honor Organ donor families was held at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Chennai on 7th of June. It was organized by MOHAN (Multi-Organ Harvesting And Networking) Foundation to felicitate the commendable contributions of a few selfless families who made life possible for a hapless few. The function was graced by the presence of the governor, Dr. Surjit Singh Barnala, and a few other dignitaries.

Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing trustee of MOHAN Foundation, delivered the welcome address. He drew the attention of the audience to the fact that a live donor is capable of donating only a single organ, while a brain-dead person or a cadaver is capable of donating several organs such as the kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, heart valves and eyes to name a few. This, of course, can be accomplished only if the families consent and say yes to organ donation. This can be a difficult decision unless the family is educated about brain death.

Well trained professionals, state- of- the- art hospitals, and an ever- growing 'needy' population have ensured that Tamil Nadu, is indeed the 'kidney hub' of the world. Organ donation by a relative does not require any credentials or approval. However, all hell breaks loose when the donor is a non-relative. Dubious strategies are adopted due to the ever-increasing demand for transplant organs and also due to the 'red-tapeism' involved.

According to the Health Secretary of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Subburaj, who was present at the occasion, it is absolutely essential to concentrate on the importance of cadavers, as organ donors, to bridge the gap between demand and availability. The government, during the past 5 months, formatted rigorous methods to check the malpractice associated with organ trade, particularly involving kidneys. So m
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