28 December, 2016
Death is a topic we often shy away from discussing. We’re all starkly aware that death is the only logical conclusion to life, and that is how old age always ends. It is harder for us to accept because as we age, we face the prospect of death more imminently- we see friends, family, and life partners passing on, and that is a terrible place to be in. Perhaps one way to live on forever and give a new lease of life doing is is by donating your organs. Healthy organs are always needed for terminally ill people, who would life if only someone were generous enough to save their lives.
It is not easy to make this choice. For one, it needs to be known that the process of organ harvesting is not kind to the deceased person’s body. But if our spiritual gurus got death right, they do agree that the body is but a vessel, and the soul lives on undisturbed forever. If that is the case, and if our healthy organ could save someone with several years ahead of them, with a family, with small kids at home, wouldn’t it be worth it?
As a donor, you alone have the choice to decide which of your organs are to be donated. Once you make this choice, you will receive a card and can be a registered donor. At the time of death, family members can present this card to the doctors.
There’s also another avenue, though less preferred by people and their families- that of donating the body to science. In our culture, it is normal for family to have the deceased person buried or interred, so the concept of donating the body to science doesn’t occur. A human body is an opportunity for medical students and scientists alike to learn from. Several scientists and those in the domain have already made this choice. Unlike organ donation which is universally accepted, donating the body is subject to certain rules and guidelines that may be unique to each teaching hospital. If you wish to do this, you need to put it down in a legal document.
It is not an easy choice to make, donating a part or all of ourselves to someone else, but wouldn’t it be nice to help someone and save their lives even in death?
If you wish to be an organ donor, please visit http://donatelifeindia.org for more information.
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