1.4l In Ap is committed to saving lives through organ donation | Visakhapatnam News

VISAKHAPATNAM: As many as 1.42 lakh potential donors have pledged their organs in Andhra Pradesh, including 1.3 lakh online and 12,300 offline pledges. But it has no legal value until the family members (legal heirs) inform and give their consent to the health service for organ/tissue donation in case of premature death.
The state health department has only been able to recover organs from 188 deceased donors in the past seven years. The last donation was made at a private hospital in Visakhapatnam on May 27.
All of this points to the need to promote the donation of organs from cadavers or deceased persons rather than relying on living donors. Since a very small fraction of donation pledges can result in organ donation, that too with the consent of family members, more people have to pledge their organs and come forward to donate members’ organs. of their immediate family, in the event of an unfortunate event, to give someone a second chance at life.
Brainstem death is recognized as a legal death in India under the Human Organ and Tissue Transplantation Act.
After natural cardiac death, only a few organs/tissues such as cornea, bones, skin and blood vessels can be donated. But in case of brainstem death, nearly 8-9 organs including vital organs such as kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, lungs, small intestine and many types of tissues like the cornea, skin, heart valves, bones, etc., can be donated.
Speaking to TOI, State Coordinator and Organizing Member of Jeevandan-Andhra Pradesh, Dr K Rambabustated that a mere pledge does not provide any legal right to Jeevandan to harvest organs from deceased persons, who have pawned their organs. “The consent of family members is mandatory. In the case of a young bachelor, it must be obtained from his parents. Similarly, the wife’s approval is required for the husband’s organ donation and vice versa. In the case of a brain dead person, who has not pawned their organs, the family will be offered the option of organ donation,” Dr Rambabu said.
Organizing member Jeevandan added that there is a huge shortage of organs available to perform transplants compared to the number of patients who require transplants.
“Deceased donor organ transplantation can be done from people who are ‘brain dead’ as well as donation after ‘cardiac death’. Thousands of people die in road accidents and other mishaps. And many of those cases could be harvested for organs. We are planning a series of awareness programs on cadaver organ donation,” said the director of Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences.
As for living donations, Jeevandan has formed area committees to approve these donations. For example, the three districts of the North Coast of Andhra Pradesh and East Godavari fall under the jurisdiction of the East Zone for the purpose of obtaining permits for living donation.


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