AJ Hospital-MBC organize Bike Ride to mark ‘WODD’ & I-Day

AJ Hospital-MBC organize Bike Ride to mark ‘WODD’ & I-Day

AJ Hospital and Research Centre and Mangalore Bicycle Club organized “World Organ donation Day (WODD)-Organ Donation Awareness Rally” and “Freedom Ride” to mark 70th Independence Day

Mangaluru : It was indeed a perfect weather early morning to kick off two bike rally’s, where Mangalore Bicycle Club organized Freedom Ride on August 15, 2016 to celebrate country’s 70th Independence Day. The Ride saw participation of 35 of MCB passionate riders dressed in Tri-color jersey of India’s national flag. Dr. Prashanth Marla, MD and CEO of AJ Hospital and Research Centre flagged of the Freedom Ride at 6:30 am from City Corporation covering a distance of 25 KMs within city limit covering Kottara, PVS, Mallikkatte, Navbharat Circle, Hotel Moti Mahal Rd and assembled at Town Hall to join hands with Cycle Rally initiated by A.J. Hospital on Organ Donation awareness.

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When we die, what’s left of our mortal being is either put to the ground or burned to ashes. Meanwhile, a score of patients lay in hospital beds waiting for organ transplants, and dying a slow death as viable organs get wasted. The concept of organ donation has been around for quite some time, yet, the number of willing donors barely catch up with the demand for organs. One of the many reasons for this is the prevalent lack of knowledge among people. So, on the occasion of World Organ Donation Day, AJ Hospital and Research Centre had organized a Bike Rally to bring awareness and a few pointers you should know about organ donation:

Organ donation, as the name suggests, is the process of surgically transferring a willing donor’s healthy and transferable organs or tissues to another person. Certain organ donations — such as one of the kidneys, a part of the liver, bone marrow, etc.– can be donated by a living donor. Donations of organs like heart or intestines take place only after the donor’s death. Almost everything. Human organs such as heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, intestines, corneas, bone marrow, even skin and limbs in certain cases, can be successfully transplanted into patients in need. With healthy transplanted organs, a patient can survive for years, even, decades.

It is learnt that India faces a serious shortage of organ donors. Donate Life India Organisation talks about few of the reasons which fuel this failure: Lack of awareness about organ donation triggers wastage of viable organs in our country; Even those willing to donate often fail to record their wish the right way due to their lack of knowledge regarding registering for organ donation; Various myths and misconceptions about organ donation discourage both potential donors and recipients. Beliefs such as being haunted by the donor’s spirit, and donors not “finding peace” after death, have only been fuelled further by numerous lame movies; The shortage of organ donors also causes the demand for illegal organs in the black market to up, which only leads to more botched surgeries, clueless donors, and more deaths.

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Here’s why you should consider organ donation: About 90 per cent of patients in need of vital organ transplants in India die while waiting for the organs due to lack of donors; There’s a demand of at least 25,000 liver transplants in a year India. However, only about 3.2 per cent of this requirement is met with; According Donate Life India Organisation, only one out of 30 people in need of kidney transplant in India receive one; One organ donor can save up to eight lives. In this respect, AJ Hospital has been working hard to enroll as many organ donors through various awareness projects, including today’s Bike Rally, to spread the word of Organ Donation in the city.

The AJ Hospital and Research Centre “Organ Donation Awareness Bike rally” commenced from Town Hall-Mangaluru where MCC Mayor Harinath and MCC Ex- Mayor , along with Sandalwood celebrities Roopesh Shetty and Anvitha Sagar did the flag off. Dr Prashanth Marla of AJ Hospital and other hospital staff participated in the Rally. The ride was for about 6 kms which proceeded through Hampankatta Circle, Light House Hill, Bunts Hostel Rd, PVS,, Lalbagh, KSRTC Bus Stand, Kuntikan and culminating at AJ hospital campus, and ended at A.J. Hospital where all riders united in the spirit of Independence Day Celebrations and with a feeling of satisfaction of being part of the bigger cause of organ donation drive in Mangaluru.

Think of it this way: your organs after your death could either rot in the ground/ burn into ashes, or save someone’s life. It’s your choice. Be a Hero-Be a Organ Donor! For more details contact AJ Hospital and Research Centre-Mangaluru

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