Five years ago, a 12-year old Sai Manohar of Pendurthi fell from terrace. After being admitted to hospital, he was declared brain dead. Sai’s mother Kameswari called an NGO of organ donation and asked them to favour by retrieving organs of her kid. She told that she did not want to see her kid to expire instead she wants him to live in others. This painful decision by a 25-year-old mother had prompted a message to society that ‘Our organs can save others’ lives. Currently she and we feel that her kid’s heart, eyes, kidney and he can lives on the globe,” said AP Body and Organ Donors’ Association president Guduru Mahalakshmi . Even after five years, the NGO spread message of the noble act, thousands of patients.
Most of the patients in Andhra Pradesh suffer from permanent organ disease involving heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys are waiting for the donors who can give them a second life. The need of thousands in Andhra Pradesh, the retrieval percentage as per the Jeevandhan members is just 2%. The Organ donation is yet to progress in the state. “Actually there is a need of around 1 to 1.5 lakh organs each year in our country, but the retrieval is just around 5,000. When it comes to the state, the need is about 15,000 organs each year, but only 2% organs are available.
Even though there are 3 to 4 donations are reported every month in the state, but the actual requirement is very high,” told Vice-Chancellor of NTR Health University, T Ravi Raju. According to Jeevandhan coordinators and NGOs working for the act, social tradition like complete body, rebirth and a few other factors still bother society, and prevent people from coming forward to donate the organs. “In the sibling states, the guardians of 360 brain dead patients have agreed to donate the organs in the last two years. About 1,200 people are now living. But when it comes to the requirement, it is even more. We can observe that a number of youngsters are dying due to lack of organs. Awareness among the family members of the patient in case of the brain dead is said to be still in dilemma. Most of them do not come forward because of the superstitions. In 2004, the percentage of organ donations was 0.01, now it is increased to just 2 percent in 2015,” according to Guduru Mahalakshmi.
More Transplant Centres Required: The requirement of more facilities as well as Jeevandhan coordinators is highlighted. After the bifurcation of AP state, a separate division of Jeevandhan with head office at Vijayawada was established and a total of about 20 transplantation centres have been reorganized across the state, apart from many NGOs participated in creating awareness on organ donation supporting Jeevandhan. “There was a need of more transplantation centres and coordinators, and there is lack of knowledge among the doctors in the state about brain dead declaration, a point of concern and to be fixed. “We have 20 centres in our state at present, and it is needed to be increased not only transplantation centres, but also coordinators and counsellors,” told Ravi Raju, Vice-Chancellor of NTR Health University. “There are approximately 2.5 lakh road accident deaths in India, if we convert those deaths into donors with proper awareness and services, we could definitely meet our goal,” Ravi Raju added.