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NEW DELHI: The Junejas of Geeta Colony in east Delhi tragically lost their son, Anmol, 21, in a road accident early last month. But their brave decision to donate all his organs as the body lay in brain-dead state '" an act that gave the gift of life to 30 people '" has now inspired many others to follow the example.
AIIMS has reported a three-fold increase in the number of such donations in the month after Anmol's story first appeared in TOI. The hospital has received 20 donations, three of whom were brain-dead patients who had offered all retrievable organs including the heart, liver and kidneys.
Arti Vij, chief of the Organ Retrieval Banking Organization at AIIMS said these donations would ultimately help save or improve the quality of life of at least 70 patients. "About a dozen organs have already been transplanted, including a heart transplant conducted at AIIMS," she said.
ORBO plans to make Anmol the poster boy of its campaign for organ donations.
According to Vij, ORBO usually received just seven-eight donations a month and brain dead donations were very rare. "The decision of Anmol's family to donate their son's organs, which got wide-coverage in the media, has made a significant change. It has attached nobleness to the idea of gifting life to others. Several families have since approached us, offering to donate the organs of their dear ones who have either passed away or have been declared brain-dead," she said.
Anmol was the only son of Madan Mohan Juneja, a resident of Geeta Colony. He suffered head injuries in a bike accident on December 7 which cause irreversible brain damage. The family had on its own asked doctors to harvest his organs. Three persons, including a 58-year-old man suffering from end-stage liver failure and two kidney patients underwent successful transplants within 24 hours of the decision.
"We are going to put up Anmol's picture on billboards urging people to donate organs," said Vij.
The idea was welcomed by Anmol's family. His uncle, D K Juneja, said, "I am happy that people are coming forward to donate organs. Anmol is physically not alive today but his soul is alive in those who received his organs for life-saving transplant and he has now become a source of inspiration to many others who are coming forward for organ donations."
Once a patient is declared brain dead, as many as 37 different organs and tissues can be harvested, including the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas. Donation of an entire body can help over 40 people. After clinical death '" that is, when the heart stops and blood circulation ceases '" only tissues like cornea, skin, bone and heart walls can be used for transplant.
Experts say more than 3,000 patients die in India for want of organ donors. In India, there are just 0.08 organ donors per million people. By contrast, Spain has 35.1 donors per million people, Britain has 27, USA 26, Canada 14 and Australia 11.
Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services (DGHS), said a central body called National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) is being set up at Safdarjung hospital to increase the availability of organs from cadaver donors, build capacity for organ retrieval and transplantation, and roll out post-transplant services to recipients and living donors.
"NOTTO will be functional by April this year. Four zonal centres are also being set up," he said.At present, there are about 200 kidney, 30 liver and 14 heart transplant centres in India. Prasad said efforts are being made to set up more such centres in public sector hospitals.
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