Gift a Life – Donate Organs
It is called the gift of life. No words can ever express gratitude for this selfless act of passing on the gift of life. It is the legacy that we can leave behind… a priceless treasure that would be cherished by receiver and his family and our loved ones too.
Yes, I am talking about Organ Donation.
August 13 is World Organ Donation Day. It is celebrated to promote organ donation for those who are in need of them.
Organ donation is the harvesting of an individual’s organs after he or she dies for the purpose of transplanting them into another person. The person who gives the organs is called a donor while a person who receives the organ is called a recipient.
Becoming an Organ Donor is a win-win situation for all. Here are some reasons why, we must opt for organ donation:
This one act of ours can help save lives and make a difference.
- Experts say that the organs from one donor can save or help as many as 50 people!! Organs and tissues that we can can donate include kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, skin, bone and bone marrow, cornea, heart valves and veins. Organs are used to save lives by replacing diseased organs with healthy ones. Corneas are transplanted to give sight and heart valves are used in valve replacement surgery. Skin grafts are used for burn victims. Bone, tendons and ligaments, veins can be used in reconstructive surgeries.
- It can give a second chance at life to the organ recipients. For some, an organ transplant means no longer having to be dependent on costly routine treatments to survive. It allows many recipients to return to a normal lifestyle and/or have a better quality of life.
- Our own families may take comfort in the fact that their loss may help to save or improve the lives of others.
In 2013, I pledged to donate my organs. I have requested that after my death any part of my body be used for transplantation. I carry this card in my purse always. And my family knows about this wish of mine. I just hope that they do remember to carry out this wish at the right time.
They say in the midst of darkness, an enduring light shines strong and bright. It is the light of hope. So, give the gift of hope to someone. Gift a life to somebody. Be an Organ Donor.
Organ Donation… What do you think about it?
August 15, 2014 11:40 pm|
This is indeed a noble cause and more exposure is required to make Organ donation popular. I think you have done your bit, and are an inspiration to all of us!
August 16, 2014 1:45 am|
Brave and noble, Shilpa. I have always thought of donating my eyes. And I will register! Sure!
August 16, 2014 2:13 am|
This is something that I have been planning to do for a long time now. I must register for it soon. Inspiring post Shilpa.
August 16, 2014 9:00 am|
I am a registered organ donor since 2010. Loved reading your inspiring article on organ donation.
August 16, 2014 10:20 am|
Well done Shilpa. Being an organ donor is a noble cause.
August 16, 2014 11:38 am|
I didn’t realize even veins could be donated. I’m a registered organ donor, as well.
August 16, 2014 12:56 pm|
Respect Shilpa. I hope many of us come forward to donate, give life to others as we live through them. I would also like to donate my organs:)
August 16, 2014 5:23 pm|
Bravo Shilpa … You are an inspiration. I know a few who have pledged for this cause and I have complete respect for them.
August 16, 2014 5:42 pm|
I am happy I am a organ donor already.
Everyone should write about it and spread the word… this cause must be taken up seriously… this is about saving many lives.
August 16, 2014 9:02 pm|
Very nicely shared, Shilpa.
Nice to know that you have already enrolled for this noble cause.
I did this year & should receive my card. Even I’ll carry in in my purse at all times then.
August 16, 2014 9:30 pm|
The greatest sacrifice you can make is to give of yourself.
August 16, 2014 9:47 pm|
I’m all for this! A dear friend of mine was given 10 extra years of life, thanks to a last minute liver transplant. Great post Shilpa!
August 17, 2014 1:07 am|
Organ donation is the greatest gift of all!
Thank you for linking up, Shilpa!
August 17, 2014 2:18 pm|
Very noble cause, Shilpa. Wonderful to hear about it.
August 17, 2014 4:58 pm|
Yes, a very noble cause. Did the registration last year and the happiness it gave was immense even before doing anything. 🙂
August 19, 2014 12:31 pm|
I never thought when time was ripe.. I am told,once one is sixty plus,one is not accepted as an organ donor
August 19, 2014 5:00 pm|
Agree, this is the least we can do for our fellow beings. Even I’ve pledged to donate my organs, and informed my family of my wish.
August 20, 2014 1:56 am|
well done!! I too have pledged to donate; it’s encripted in my driver’s license, so I’m hopeful that the procedure of getting my organs will be in time!
August 20, 2014 4:35 am|
Wow! Inspiring Shilpa!
August 22, 2014 12:10 am|
Im proud to be one….registered myself on my birthday and now the feeling is that I must be more careful with my body because it longer belongs to just me….but it is definitely a feel good thing!
August 25, 2014 4:39 pm|
Very true Shilpa.
We must donate whatever is useful after our death, and if due to some reasons our organs cannot be utilized, then we should donate our body for Science/ Research to any good hospital. Nothing should ever be wasted.
I wish more and more people came forward to do the right thing.
Instead, i see people only worrying what rituals they have to conduct, and how much would it cost, and despite being aware, they forget it and just keep drowning themselves in the stupid rituals.
August 14, 2018 1:01 am|
I’ve been thinking about organ donation for a long time. Your post inspires me to take the pledge.
August 14, 2018 12:04 pm|
I’ve been wanting to sign up for this from long, but my husband is yet to make up his mind about this. Once he’s sorted, both of us will be signing up for sure.
August 14, 2018 3:23 pm|
I’ve signed up too, Shilpa. Jose knows about this, but I’m making sure I nominate a few other people to follow my wishes in case Jose is not around.
August 14, 2018 4:13 pm|
I have been contemplating this thought since a long, in fact, some time back during a conversation with Dad brought on the table. But it irked him beyond control and I quit discussion. But the urge is still burning inside. Thanks for igniting it again Shilpa.
August 14, 2018 4:15 pm|
Organ donation is a sacred thing to do and I would like to pledge for it. I have to find out information about how to sign up.
August 14, 2018 4:46 pm|
I’ve already pledged my organs a few years ago. Everyone in my family knows this wish of mine including the kids. It is something which each one of us must take up for sure.
August 14, 2018 6:41 pm|
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but haven’t got around to. Thanks for the reminder through this post Shilpa. How does one go about it? Any insights.
August 15, 2018 7:58 am|
Nothing can be sacred deed than to give someone a new life. My parents have filled the form. I also want to be an organ donor but will have to see how it will work for me as neither I am in India not I am a US citizen.
August 15, 2018 4:35 pm|
Donating organ is a very wise decision as a human being. People should look into this matter with much seriousness.
August 15, 2018 5:45 pm|
Organ donation is a wise decision. Even after death you will be contributing towards saving another life.
August 15, 2018 8:33 pm|
Do you know any live kidney organ donor or live kidney donating organization? I know someone who badly needs a kidney transplant.
August 15, 2018 11:38 pm|
I came across Organ India…. they have a list of organizations /NGOs that facilitate organ donation. You may ask them to check this… http://www.organindia.org/ngos-in-organ-donation/
There is http://www.mohanfoundation.org which can be checked too.
Hope this helps!
August 16, 2018 5:56 am|
I have organ donation card in my wallet and my family also know my wishes.
August 16, 2018 6:05 pm|
Very good Shilpa, that is a really noble thing to do. Well done.
August 19, 2018 10:26 pm|
This is must Do for all!!
August 31, 2018 5:38 pm|
Hii, Nice post such a valuable information thanks for that such valuable information keep up the good word.
February 22, 2020 10:46 am|
organ donation is a selfless way to help so many people. i donate blood regularly but even i forgot to get registered for organ donation. thanks for the gentle reminder.