Attitude of people is changing towards one of the most humanitarian act of the time – organ donation. According to reports, more people are volunteering to donate their organs. Society of Organ Retrieval and Transplant (SORT), one of the organ donor centers, has so far 750 donors registered this year, which is 3 times the average number of registrations till last year.
This is the first time that the SORT society has people approaching them. Earlier, SORT used to have about 250 donor registrations a year. This time they are expecting the number to cross the 1000 mark.
Also the government has taken an important step by allowing non-transplant hospitals to be organ-retrieval centers, which means organs can be retrieved in a hospital with more than 50 beds where a person has been declared brain dead and the relatives are willing to donate organs.
There are also many cases, where the deceased might have expressed his willingness to donate his organs earlier; but after the death, the relatives are not willing to donate the organs, hence posing a big hindrance to this cause.
When Indian Medical Association (IMA) started their blood bank way back in 1984, it was not considered to be a feasible idea. The question was ‘Why would anyone volunteer to donate his blood?’ But today we have large number of people volunteering for the blood donation. We should understand that this change didn’t happen overnight. Similarly we hope in the coming years people start accepting organ donations in a much positive way.