PGI organises public forum on organ donation

A month after its first heart transplant,the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research organised a public forum on organ donation on Thursday

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 6, 2013 1:57 am

A month after its first heart transplant,the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research organised a public forum on organ donation on Thursday.

On August 4,a 55-year-old businessman suffering from left ventricular failure was harvested with a heart donated by the kin of Hoshiarpur’s Kashmira Singh who was left brain-dead after a road accident. After much caution,the Ambala resident was discharged from the hospital on August 24.

“After the surgery I feel 100 per cent normal. Post my discharge I can walk like any healthy man” said the Ambala resident. “I am very thankful to the family of the donor,” he said. Singh had also donated his two corneas and kidneys.

Throwing light on the the status of organ donation in the country,Prof RK Dhiman said,“Thers is a huge discrepancy in the numbers of organ transplants required and the number of organs donated. There are around 1,75,000 kidney failures every year but only 5,500 such transplants happen. Similarly,only 1,200 liver transplants are done every year.”

However,PGIMER’s website dedicated for organ donation recorded an increase in the number of pledges made by people willing to donate organs. “Around 300 pledges have been received by our website within a month of the multi-organ transplant,” said Dhiman.

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