Organ donation - myths and facts!
Dr. S Sudhindran, MS, FRCS (Eng) (Glas) (Gen)
Myth: Organ transplantation is still in the experimental
|Myth: I have heard of stories where people
who have been
declared brain dead have later come back to life.
There has never been any case, anywhere in the world.
Myth: Stopping the ventilator on my loved one who is brain
dead is killing.
Fact: No, absolutely not. Once someone is declared brain
dead, that person is dead.
Myth: My religion discourages organ donation.
Fact: There are 22 major religions in the world, none of which
discourage organ donation.
Myth: If I register as a donor it will affect the quality of
medical care that I receive at the hospital.
Fact: No, most certainly not. Every effort will be made to
save your life. Organ donation will be considered only after
Myth: The hospital can make me brain dead and sell my
Fact: Certification of brain death requires 2 series of 8 tests
by 4 independent doctors, one of whom has no attachment to
the hospital whatsoever and chosen from the panel of doctors
recruited by the government.
Myth: I am rich. I suffer from an organ failure I can legally
buy organs from someone else.
Fact: Any commercial dealings of organs (buying, selling or
any form of coercion to donate organs) are illegal all over
Myth: there are no organisations to which I can register as an
organ donor or recipient.
Fact: In Kerala, there is an organisation called SORT (Society
for Organ Retrieval and Transplantation), which is voluntary,
non-profitable and registered with the Government.
Organ donation is not about death, but rather life. In
a perfect India, every patient, in need of an organ should
receive one. This dream can become a reality only if every one
of us becomes an organ donor. If you value life, if you value
others lives, organ donation is a moral and social obligation.
It does not matter who you are, how rich or poor you are, or
which religion you belong to, you have the power to give the
greatest gift in the world; LIFE, PASS IT ON.