Mangaluru : Be a Hero, Be a Organ Donor! Street Play by NSS Students sends message to become ‘Cadaver Donor’

“There are estimated about 160 people per million who end up in end stage kidney failure, for which transplantation is the best option. There is a need for 25,000 kidney transplants every year but on the contrary 3,500 transplants are being done per year in India. There is substantial number of people who land up with liver failure too, who require transplantation. It is estimated that about 150,000 die in India due to road traffic accidents, out of which at least 50% people reach hospital and later declared “brain dead”.If about 20% of such people’s relatives come forward for cadaveric organ donation, it will help significant number of patients. ‘Jeevanvileena’ is a unique project for a great cause. Not many people are not aware of Organ Donation, so in order to bring awareness of Organ Donation, this campaign has been launched, and we seek support from the public to a great extent” – Dr Prashanth Marla, Medical Director-AJ Hospital and Research Centre

Mangaluru : ‘Heaven’ does not need organs but millions of people will have a fresh lease of life with the organs donated by ‘Brain Dead” patients making ‘Heaven on Earth” for them- and being a ‘Cadaver Donor’ is highly appreciated. A cadaver donor is a person who makes the decision to donate his or her body after death for the sake of scientific experiment and discovery, or for organ harvesting. Medical schools are perhaps the most common institutions to accept a cadaver donor, though private institutions may accept some donations as well. Hospitals may accept cadavers if some of the organs or tissue can be used for medical purposes. Frequently, the person must give consent to become a cadaver donor before he or she dies, though in some situations, the next of kin can grant the permission for the donation even if the deceased person did not grant permission before death.

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What is brain dead? If a person with head injury, where all the organs function normally except the brain stem (an irreversible condition) is neurologically defined as “brain dead”. Their heart beats but the lungs need to be expanded by mechanical ventilator support to maintain body oxygenation. If left, patient would be dependent on ventilator forever till the heart seizes / stops its function. You may have heard of organ donation now and then, but do you really know what it means? You may also have a preconceived notion about what it means to donate organs. For example, a lot of people think that whenever and however they die, their organs can be donated. That is not true. Organ donation is the process of Retrieving or Procuring an organ from a live or deceased person known as a “Donor”. The process of recovering organs is called “Harvesting”. This organ is transplanted into the “recipient” who is in need of that organ.

There are two types of organ donation – Live Donation & Deceased or Cadaver Donation. Live Donation is from a healthy and living person. This can only be done in the case of a liver or a kidney (because the liver can grow back to its normal size, and a donor can survive on one kidney). So if a near relative of yours needs a liver or a kidney, anyone in the immediate family can donate to them. When we talk about pledging your organs or about organ donation, we are talking about Deceased organ donation or cadaver organ donation. This is organ donation from a person who has been declared brain dead by a team of authorized doctors at a hospital. A person is said to be brain dead when there is an irreversible loss of consciousness, absence of brain stem reflexes and no spontaneous respiration.

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As part of “Jeevanvileena” a project to bring awareness on “Organ Donation”, launched by AJ Hospital and Research Centre, in collaboration with Mohan Foundation, Chennai (a non-profit organization that coordinates organ donation and transplantation activities in India), N.S.S. Units of all colleges under Mangalore University, the National Service Scheme (NSS) students of Besant Women’s College and Roshini Nilaya School of Social Work, Canara College, SDM College took part in “Street Plays” with a core objective to bring awareness among the general public on organ donation, its process, legal aspects, pledging, issuing donor card and also the road safety. A total of 102 NSS units from various Colleges under Mangaluru University will take part in the street play/mime presentation. Various themes were performed during the street play, including awareness to wear helmet while riding two-wheeler.

The campaign which will last for nearly 15 days comprising of mime show, street plays, interaction by NSS students, Interview of doctors, panel discussion and article publication- the schedule is as follows : 27/9/2015 and 4 Oct.at 5.30 pm at City Centre Mall-Public shows by N S S students and theme oriented dance performance by experts; On 7/10/2015, Wednesday at 9.30 am – an awareness rally from City Corporation Lalbagh via Bejai to A J Hospital; and 10/10/2015, Saturday, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm-Valedictory ceremony at the Auditorium,of A J Institute of Medical Sciences

For further information contact : 8494890800 or Email : transplant@ajhospital.in

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