In what can be seen as a collective noble cause, members of a family of Chaulathali village under Barachana block in Odisha’s Jajpur district pledged their bodies and organs for donation after death.
The six-member family signed pledge forms and completed other formalities to fulfil their wishes in Gokarneswar temple premises in the district in presence of the convenor of Body and Organ Donation Initiative (BODI) of Odisha Dr Pravas Acharya yesterday.
The donors are - Sankarsan Nayak (70), his 64-year-old wife Haramani, sons Prahallad (45) and Prafulla (41) and two daughters-in-law Purnima (40) and Pratima (35).
Head of the family Sankarsan, a marginal farmer by profession, said “It was a pious occasion for the entire family to make the announcement to donate their bodies.”
He said donating a body after death was similar to people donating blood, kidneys or other organs.
The convenor of BODI of Odisha Dr Pravas Acharya confirmed that this was the first largest body donation by a single family with six members taking the pledge at one time.
He said the Nayak family’s act would inspire others for body and organs donation and give a new lease of life to those whose lives were dependant on transplants and help science and medical students in research work.