67-Year-Old Farmer, Organ Donor Going Across India To Motivate Others For This Noble Cause
It's very strange, that India with such a huge population should be struggling with acute shortage of organs for transplantation. According to the report published in organindia.org it is estimated that more than a million people suffer with end stage organ failure, but as few as 3,500 transplants are performed annually. At least 15 patients die every day waiting for organs and every 10 minutes a new name is added to this waiting list.
Southern states and Maharashtra, especially Chennai, have showed a great interest in organ transplant, but this cannot be said about the northern states and the most shocking part is at least 12 states including Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kahsmir and the Northeastern states, are yet to have their first transplant surgeries. One of the most important reason behind this is India is a country which is full of superstition and orthodox beliefs and that is why awareness about organ donation becomes the only way out of this depressing scenario.
What better than people who've been there and done that be the ones spreading awareness. Meet Pramod Laxman Mahajan a 67-year-old farmer. Around 20 years ago, he donated one of his kidneys to his friend. This farmer from Sangli, who has been living a full and healthy life even with one kidney believes there is a lack of awareness on organ donation.
To rectify the problem he has resolved to travel on his motorcycle and cover more than 12,000 to 15,000 kms across 18 states in India to spread awareness about organ donation. On the second day of his journey, Pramod made an appearance at KEM Hospital in Parel with the help of the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) and the NGO Mohan Foundation.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Pramod said, “I was a farmer for all these years. I come from a small village in Sangli district, Maharashtra. When I donated my kidney to my friend, there were many misconceptions regarding the concept of organ donation." He further explains, "People believe that if you donate an organ like a kidney or liver when you are alive, you will fall sick and your lifespan will become shorter. I have donated my kidney 20 years ago, but look at me. I am still fit and fine.” He had his organ transplant operation at Bombay Hospital and he has been living a healthy life and without any major issues.
He even stated as a donor, he couldn't be happier to see the man who received his kidney 2 decades back, is also living a good life as he is now married and has two children.
He further added, “Once a person is declared dead, his body is burnt. Instead of cremating his body, the family should donate the deceased person’s organs. One organ donor can save eight lives. I plan to raise awareness on organ donation across 18 states in India."
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