Organ donation of kidney, liver, eye, pancreas, lung, heart and intestine enables transplant of the same in the body of a recipient to replace a diseased organ. Skin and tissues donation is used for skin grafting and tissues transplantation respectively. Organ transplant provides a second life to persons with failing organs whose blood and tissue match with that of the organ donor. Many organ recipients can return to a normal lifestyle after transplantation
The list of people waiting for organs is growing all the time in India. For instance, over 1.5 Lakh people need a kidney but only about 3,000 of them receive one. Unfortunately, vast majority of persons on waiting lists die without getting a donated organ.
Practically everyone can donate organs, except for those suffering from cancer, HIV, infection and the intravenous drug users. Those who register for organ donation will be issued a ‘Donor Card’, but despite that family's consent is needed after death. Hence it is necessary that the organ donor keeps his or her family in loop so that there is no objection from family after death. Alternately, even if there is no 'Donor Card' the family on their own can decide to donate organs.
To know more about organ donations, please get in touch with an organisation listed under 'Whom Can You Contact?' section below.
Bone Marrow, Kidney (one), portion of Liver, portion of Lung and portion of Pancreas can be donated by a living person. Living person can donate only to a family member or to a person emotionally connected to the organ donor such as a relative, friend, neighbour etc.
Kidneys, Heart, Liver, Lungs, Pancreas and Small Intestine are the main organs that can be donated after brain death. Brain death occurs due to blunt head trauma from accidents, falls, crush injuries; thrombotic or hemorrhagic stroke etc. Constant supply of blood and oxygen are to be artificially maintained until organ harvesting actually takes place.
Eyes (Corneas), Heart Valves and Skin are the main tissues that can be donated after cardiac death. Cardiac death occurs when heart has stops beating and no longer pumps blood. After cardiac death, only tissues can be donated for transplantation because tissues do not require a constant blood supply, unlike organs.
Every patient requiring organ donation is put on a waiting list maintained by the registered transplant hospital that is being attended to by the patient. Each hospital has its own waiting list. At the same time, the patient gets automatically added to the national database of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Prganization (NOTTO). When an organ becomes available it is offered as per respective waiting lists within the State first and if no match is found, it is offered regionally and then nationally, until a recipient is found.
Ganesh Corporate House, 100 ft. Hebatpur-Thaltej Road, Near Sola Bridge, Ahmedabad 380054
Transplants Foundation to Help the Poor
609, Mahalaxmi Chambers, Breach Candy, Mahalaxmi West, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai 400026
Bangalore Pune Chennai
Gift Your Organ Foundation
C/o Genesis, #12/25, 11th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011
Bangalore: 99169 21910, Pune: 98232 80055, Chennai: 98409 31025
# 218, 2nd Floor, T.T.K. Road, Alwarpet, Chennai 600018
98840 69294, 044-2499 2149
Tanker Foundation (Tamilnadu Kidney Research Foundation)
Ellora Apartments, No. 20, 4D, 4th Floor, Thirumurthy Street, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017
044-2834 1635, 4309 0998
4, D.L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025
033-2419 1165, 94773 25879, 94330 31504
Narmada Kidney Foundation
B/ 01, Nav Sanyukta CHS, Dr. Charat Singh Colony, A.G. Link Road, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400093.
022-2825 4147, 2836 8634, 93222 56573
National Kidney Foundation (India)
FAD Centre, Next to Parsi Gymkhana, E Road, Marine Drive, Mumbai 400002
022-2281 4892, 2281 7914
Tissue Bank of Tata Memorial Hospital
Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai 410210
National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO)
4th Floor, National Institute of Pathology, NIOP Building, Safdarjung Hospital Campus, New Delhi 110029
NOTTO Helpline: 1800-11-4770
Flat No. 3, Two way Green Apts., 1228/B-1, Off Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune 411004.
Willing for donation of Bone Marrow, Kidney (one) and portions of liver, lung, pancreas while alive? You can do so to a needy family member or to an emotionally related person.
Agreeable for Kidneys, Heart, Liver, lung, Pancreas, Intestine, Skin and Tissues after death? Take the organ donation pledge, obtain donor card and inform family members.
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