Sexagenarian on 100-day tour to spread awareness on organ donation
New Delhi: 67-year-old farmer, Pramod Mahajan, has started a 100-day motorcycle tour across the country to spread awareness about organ donation. He began his tour on October 21.
Himself an organ donor, Mahajan plans to cover at least 10,000 km across the country. Through his journey, he wants to tell people that donating organ does not have any ill-effects on body.
“I was healthy after my operation at Bombay Hospital for the donation and faced no consequences. I now want to give back to my nation through this journey,” a Times of India report quoted him as saying.
“The man who received my kidney is now married, has two children and has had 16 more years added to his life. I cannot be happier to be a donor,” he added.
Mahajan hails from Sangli in Maharashtra.
According to Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO), at least 114 people from Maharashtra donated organs in 2017.
Organ donation is when a person allows an organ of theirs to be removed, legally, either by consent while the donor is alive or after death with the assent of the next of kin.
There are many different types of donation that will greatly enhance or save the life of the person who receives the transplanted organ or tissue. They include kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, bones, bone marrow, skin, and corneas. Some organs and tissues can be donated by living donors, such as a kidney or part of the liver, part of the pancreas, part of the lungs or part of the intestines, but most donations occur after the donor has died.
In India, according to the MOHAN Foundation, 845 organs were retrieved as deceased donation in 2013, from 310 multi-organ donors. In 2012, 530 organs were retrieved as deceased donation from 196 donors.