Organ donation, the word itself says it all, it is the process of giving an organ to someone who needs a transplant. Giving someone, something which is needed is indeed a life saving deed.. Organs like kidney, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas, intestine, eyes, skin can be donated by any living or a brain dead person. All you need to do, is register yourself as a donor with your family agreeing to your decision..
Even today, the demand for organs is not met by the supply, as very few people take this initiative to donate their organs.. Inspite of days like World Organ Donation Day being celebrated, where people are made aware of what organ donation is all about and how it can help someone, live their life, people are still reluctant to change their views.. Humans today, need to be taught humanity..
The reason you should be donating your organs is because it can save upto 8 lives.. Eight lives is alot.. In today’s times, people die of waiting for a need for transplant.. Its almost like your gifting someone a second chance to live their lives.. Isn’t that great?
Now most people do not donate organs because of either lack of awareness, or preconconcieved notions and misconceptions prevalent in the society.. Some people think age is a barrier and others bring their i’ll health as a reason not to donate. Truth being, neither of them actually is.. Excuses like my religion doesn’t support organ donation!! Really?? The religion that teaches you to praise the lord who believes in having compassion for all living beings, doesn’t support organ donation? They say it disfigures the body, it is a sign of disrespect at the time of being burried.. Now the question being who is it being disrespectful to? The soul who lived in that body, would that soul be disrespected or respected instead, for the decision of giving someone a chance to live their life for once?
Someone once said,
It’s better to donate, than to accumulate..
They say if I register as a donor the doctor would never try hard to save my life, this being the most pointless reasons of all.. Why would a doctor not do his job, for a reason lame as such.. And the list of excuses goes on.. What’s yours?
For once, ask yourselves, if it would be your own loved one, would you still give those reasons? Would you?
The human body that you consider to be yours is something you were blessed with, it isn’t, what you created yourself.. It was gifted to you, so what is wrong in passing on the same gift to someone else to help them live? Would it take something from you after you die? Does the air or the soil smell of the soul residing in the body that was burned or burried within it..? What are we even trying to preserve? Is it even possible to take with us to heaven, all that we accumulated? Which religion, speaking of humanity would be against giving someone a chance to live? Would God ever have a problem with a life saving deed as such? No, not at all..
Around 5 lakh people die each year across our nation just being a part of the waiting list for organ donation.. People are dying, waiting and waiting for a life saving deed to thank someone for without an assurance, that the wait would be worth while.. I guess we owe alot to the misconceptions our brains have chosen to stick to, over the years..
As they say, there are two sides to the same coin, good things come with some price to be paid.. That being said this courageous deed, also has a price you might have to pay.. Donating an organ, like bone marrow, may restrict future activities for a lifetime, or a kidney may put an alcohol consumer at risk for kidney failure.. But the bright side to this darkness is that there is only a 0.2-0.4% chance of a donor ending up with a kidney failure..
Now that being said, a question I would like you, to ask yourself.. Isn’t the price that you have to pay for donating a part of your body to someone in need, worth the value of adding life to the lives of others? The answer to this, is a decision of yours, lets hope it ends up being a wise one..
Instead of recyling just plastic to make the earth green lets pledge to recycle our organs to make our lives evergreen..
The measure of life is not by its duration, but by its donation – by Peter Marshall