Friday, 23 June 2017

Organ India-Body Donation For Research

Organ India is one of the largest NGOs working in the field of medical science and organ transplantation. It has been creating awareness as well as facilitating organ donation for the needy patients. But this is not the only kind of donation that is needed by the world, there is another kind of donation which is mainly used for the purposes of higher education and advanced research; it is the whole Body Donation for Anatomy research, in which the body is taken up by the institutions for research and the person or family has no say in the matter where, when or how the body will be used.

Body Donation is a huge decision when it comes to giving up the rights to the body after expiration, but it is also a right one to make, especially if it is meant to save lives, even if that means that the body won’t get last rites. And it is not just a modern thought, it has been witnessed in the ancient stories where it was not only praised but also worshiped. The biggest precedent of this noble action is Dadhichi Rishi, who gave up his body for saving innocent lives from the wrath of evil.



Dadhichi Rishi was himself a medical practitioner and was an expert in various skills (related to surgery and operations), but he is well-known for giving up his body to make a weapon that could be used by ‘devas’ to get rid of the evil ‘asuras’. If we go deep in the symbolic representation of the tale, we can see that we are in the grip of diseases and disorders (evil) and get rid of our severe health problems, we also need people kind and courageous enough to be able to donate their bodies for greater good, in this case, being an essential element in the education, research, and development of medical sciences.

Body Donation for research is taken up by many medical institutions for medical training and technological studies on the body, all over the world. But being a culturally and traditionally Orthodox country, it is not as easy in India as it is in some other parts of the world. That doesn’t mean that there are not people who want to donate their bodies, however, there is a majority that doesn’t want to the body to be mutilated after death, which puts them in a position where they just want to follow their last rites for the body and let it rest in peace. For that purpose, there are many organizations working to create awareness about the importance of organ donation and whole body donation. A forerunner in this line, Organ India also facilitates Whole Body Donation for those who want to help in the development medical science, even after they are gone.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Bone Marrow Transplant in India With Organ India

Organ India is one of the most reliable organ donation platforms of India. Promoting the true spirit of organ donation for restoring the lives on the verge of death, Organ India is letting the people understand the organ donation and the transplantation process in a meaningful way. In line with the ongoing developments in the medical science, Organ India is making the people understand the medical advancements in India. Kidney transplant in India, lungs transplant in India, bone marrow transplant in India, cornea transplant in India, pancreas transplant in India; all sorts of transplantations have become possible in Indian medical sector. Being a connector of the donors and the receivers, the mission of Organ India is to let the people pledge their organs to save the lives. Hitherto, people in India suffering from the organ related issues have pessimistic hopes towards life. Organ India is making those people and their relatives understand the insights of the organ donation and transplantation procedure so that the lives could be saved at the earliest. It has its detailed organ transplantation guide that is dedicated to letting the general people understand the procedure in the best possible manner.

Through regular campaigns, organizing events, sharing informative ideas; Organ India is spreading awareness to make the suffering lives revive again. Through its continuous research throughout the Indian medical sector, it aims to make the people rejuvenate their lives through accessing the organ transplant services from reliable institutions. Organ India is the most trusted destinations for the Indian people to connect the donors and receivers and helping the Indians in getting the best treatment deals from the expert medical professionals in nearby regions.


If you are thinking to donate your god gifted organs to serve the needy persons behind you then you can contact at the dedicated helpline number of Organ India. Organ India has become one of the biggest platforms of India to connect organ donors and receivers irrespective of any boundary. After registering yourself with Organ India, you would receive an organ donor card that will represent the true meaning of being a human. Even after the death of a person, if he has pledged his organ on Organ India and the family consent is received for donation then Organ India through its team help the needy person throughout the transplantation process and bring the smiles on the face of the person who is on the verge of losing his life. In accordance with the current development in the Indian medical science, Organ India has listed the credible medical institutions inside its transplantation guide to help the recipients.


Launched in March 2013 by The Parashar Foundation which is a Delhi based NGO, The Organ Receiving & Giving Awareness Network (ORGAN) India aims to address the dismal state of deceased organ donation in India. Organ India is striving to remedy this shortage of organ donors, and help create an ecosystem to facilitate organ donation in India. Understanding the importance of this grand humanitarian act, Organ India is trying its best to widespread the awareness irrespective of caste, creed, and religion. The sole motto of Organ India is to serve the humanity and to help the needy ones through providing them the proper guidance.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Organ Transplant in India-Cornea Transplant

Organ Transplant in India has seen a new era of transformation due to the unprecedented development of the Indian medical science. Due to the years of clinical research and development, Indian medical sector has become advanced one and now the organ transplantation is possible in India and there is no need to get depended on the foreign countries for the successful organ transplantation. Now, Indians have the privilege of reviving the lost lives in their own country. There are several medical institutions in India, where multi-organ transplants such as cornea transplant, liver transplant, kidney transplant, bone marrow transplant, lungs transplant, and pancreas transplant are being performed in the best possible manner. If you want to get the detailed list of the respective transplant center in India then you must visit the website of Organ India where you can get the desired transplantation service. The certified transplant medical institutions throughout India have been listed on the website of Organ India.




Organ India was established with a mission to serve the Indian masses in reviving the lives through successful organ transplantation. While leading the needed persons on the path of the best medical treatment facilities, Organ India is also creating awareness for organ donation. It has become a dedicated platform for organ donation and organ transplantation and interlinking the donors and the needed persons so that lives on the verge of being lost could be revived in the best possible manner. At Organ India, you can also pledge your organs to serve the humanity in need. After registering yourself at Organ India, you would get an Organ Donor Card which will a representative of your desire or willingness to donate your organ to the needy ones.


At Organ India, you can easily find all your queries being resolved in a detailed manner and you would come to know about the different aspects of the organ donation and transplantation If a donor wishes to donate his organ to serve the humanity and he is looking for a reliable platform then Organ India is there to assist a person in performing the most humane act. One can easily register, pledge the desired organ/organs be donated and claim a donor card. All the pledges of the donors received on the Organ India are forwarded to the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), being managed by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. Even a person has registered himself and having a donor card, the consent of the family is mandatory to proceed with organ removal from the deceased body.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Brain Death & Organ Donation – A Neurosurgeon’s Perspective



Author:  Dr Sandeep Vaishya



Brain death is crucial to the process of organ retrieval and transplantation. That’s why it’s important to understand what exactly it is. Brain Death is a legal form of death. It’s just that no one has bothered to tell the public about it, or explain what it is. As a neurosurgeon, I feel that neurologists and neurosurgeons need to play a much bigger role in the diagnosis and declaration of brain death in India, as this is one area in which our efforts are lacking.

First let’s talk about Brain Death. Brain death, technically referred to as brain-stem death, occurs when the whole brain dies. It is the irreversible end of all brain activity. Brain-death usually results from a severe brain injury which causes all the brain activity to stop. This can happen after a major road accident, head injury, or a bleed in the brain due to a stroke. The human brain consists of two parts: – The Cortex – The large part stored in the skull that is used to depict the brain visually. – The Brain Stem – The part of the brain that connects the spinal cord to the cortex. When a person incurs a serious head injury, the cortex starts to swell up; however, it cannot expand much further because it is contained in the skull, which is made of hard bone.

As a result, the pressure in the brain can grow greater than the pressure of the heart. The heart is then unable to pump blood to the brain. This lack of blood flow to the brain causes the whole brain to die, due to lack of oxygen. The brain cells not only die, but also liquefy, which makes brain death irreversible.

A person who is brain dead is not suffering from brain death; he or she is dead. A brain dead person can never wake up. There are a number of ways to determine whether a person is brain dead. If there is no blood flow to the brain, then brain cells have died due to lack of oxygen, and the brain is dead. Brain death can also be confirmed if the person – Is not conscious – cannot breathe – cannot swallow – cannot cough, and – his or her pupils do not respond to light.

There is often confusion about brain death and coma. Brain death differs from a coma because it is an irreversible process; it is a form of death. A person who is in a coma is unconscious and does not respond to stimuli, but his or her brain is still partially active, and can recover from a comatose state. A person who is brain dead has a brain with zero brain activity, and stops breathing. As a result, his or her heart and other vital organs die because they are deprived of oxygen.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BRAIN DEATH & ORGAN DONATION

The relationship between brain death and organ donation is crucial but complicated. 

Crucial, because if you don’t declare brain death, the there can be no organ donation. It is the only time that organ donation can happen. If the victim’s hear stops beating, then organs die and cannot be harvested. But the body of a brain dead person is kept on a ventilator, and the heart may continue to beat for 2-3 days after brain death, keeping vital organs such as the heart, liver and kidney alive for this time period. These organs can be surgically removed for donation, provided the family agrees of course. 

Complicated because there are so many hurdles one has to jump in order for there to be an organ donation. 

WHY IS BRAIN DEATH SELDOM DECLARED OR CALLED A BRAIN DEATH?

The process of declaring a person brain dead, so that his or her organs can be donated, in India is cumbersome. According to the Transplantation of Human Organs (THO) Act 1994, the person’s death has to be certified by a board of 4 medical experts before the person’s organs can be surgically removed. This board comprises: 

1)      The registered medical practitioner in charge of the hospital where brain death has occurred.
2)      A registered medical practitioner nominated from the panel of names sent by the hospitals and approved by the Appropriate Authority.
3)      A Neurologist/Neuro-Surgeon  nominated by Medical Administrator in-charge from the panel of names sent by the hospital and approved by the Appropriate Authority. (Where a Neurologist/Neurosurgeon is not available, any Surgeon or Physician and Anaesthetist or Intensivist can be nominated).
4)      The registered medical practitioner treating the patient.

But all this can happen only after the family has given its consent to organ donation.

And that is where neurosurgeons like myself come into the picture. Two weeks ago a patient brought into my care was clearly brain dead. I took the initiative and helped declare the brain death, thereby allowing for organ transplantation to take place. I counselled the family myself. A neurologist or neurosurgeon talking to the family and explaining the death is better than just a social worker or a transplant coordinator doing it. I was helped by the fact that the family was from the South, where the awareness on organ donation is much more, and already knew about organ donation. But my taking the initiative made the process much smoother. 

I feel that if every neurologist or neurosurgeon would take these opportunities to declare the brain death whenever the opportunity arises, and counsel the families for organ donation, the rate of organ donation will increase. Instead of looking at a brain death as a personal failure, the treating physician should look at it as a chance to save many more lives. We all lose patients, but we all save lives too. This is no different. 

Organ donation is already complicated by a lack of awareness and a lack of an organ allocation network in many parts of India, which connects hospitals, or a centralized registry of recipients, with organ donors. This makes the task even more cumbersome for doctors who are keen to help. Let’s not make it that much harder. Let’s do our bit.



About the Author:

 Dr. Sandeep Vaishya is a highly skilled Neurosurgeon with vast experience. He has worked with some of the best medical institutions and hospitals in India, and has been faculty in the Neurosurgery Department at AIIMS. He has special interest in skull base tumors, Minimal Invasive and Image Guided Neurosurgery, Spinal Surgery, Functional Neurosurgery, Gamma Knife Radio Surgery and Peripheral Nerve Surgery. He is currently Director, Department of Neurosurgery, at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.