Organ donation yay or nay

Every human being has the unconventional potentiality of saving 9 lives by donating their organs. Those organs which would otherwise become fossil fuels or cremated to the ashes can rejuvenate someone’s life. Death renders life through organ donation. The sudden demise is probably a misery for one’s family, but utilizing this misery as a light of hope to brighten the darkness of someone else acts as a ray of sunshine.

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Organ donation is a righteous process of retrieving a human organ from a living or deceased person who is revered as a donor. The recipient will be a patient who is suffering from organ failure and whose chances of survival are very low without organ replacement. The prodigious development in the field of medical science especially in organ donation and transplantation has made it possible that organ donation from one person is capable of saving up to 9 lives and revamping the lives of many more. The organs that can be donated and transplanted are kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, lungs, and intestine. Some of the human tissues can also be donated such as skin, cornea, bones, veins, tendons, ligaments, heart valves, and cartilage.

Unfortunately, due to the myths associated with organ donation and lack of awareness, there is a vast shortage of organs that are required for the transplants. Annually, 15 lakhs brain stem deaths occur due to accidents. Nonetheless, our organ donation rate is 0.86/million population. Busting the myths is important. People think that organ/tissue donation vandalizes the body. There are certain religious beliefs but religion endorses the act of giving and that too giving life! Even organ trafficking has made people hesitant to donate their organs; the perception of being misused is still prevalent.

However, this noble cause cannot hide the dark side of organ donation. Organ trafficking is the black spot on the white coat. The poor are the victims of this racket. This is a major factor behind human trafficking. The industry is thriving despite several raids and laws. Organ trafficking takes advantage of the high demand and the low supply curve. While organ trafficking in itself is a discussion to be done, it shouldn’t be a reason to not donate organs, because registering at the right organization and making sure of all the procedure to be intact can save a life at the right time.

It isn’t a decision that can be made over reading an article, hence thorough research and complete understanding of the merits and demerits are necessary before making the decision, but at the same time awareness is essential to start that process. Let’s pledge to think about donating our organs.

Contributed by Aakanksha content writer at Mitti Ke Rang

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