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Maharashtra: Pledge to donate organs online for a good cause

In what is seen as a boost to the organ donation drive including cadaver transplants in Maharashtra, the health department has made the pledge form available online from Monday.

mumbai Updated: Mar 09, 2015 22:27 IST
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In what is seen as a boost to the organ donation drive including cadaver transplants in Maharashtra, the health department has made the pledge form available online from Monday.

All you need to do is download the form, fill up the details and submit it at your nearest district or sub-district health centre.

The state has also appointed Juhi Pawar, 22, from Jalgaon, a medical student, as the ambassador for this campaign. Pawar donated 70% of her liver to her father.

The health department, which has kicked off a special drive, has decided to meet a target of 1 lakh forms in one week, where they will be targeting young adolescents from colleges.

“The idea is to get more information into public space and encourage people to donate their organs,” said health minister Deepak Sawant. He said that last year there were 664 cadaver transplants, which should increase further.

Sujata Saunik, principal secretary public health, explained that even after a person fills the forms and submits them, family members and relatives will still have a last say over whether they want the organs to be donated or not.

“Giving a pledge at least helps a person make his intent known to his/her close ones. After all there are religious and other angles that come into play, which can change the donor’s decision,” Saunik said.

If a person dies at home, the family can donate the deceased’s cornea and skin only, within 4-6 hours. However, a cadaver donation is possible only if the death occurs in the hospital.

A cadaver transplant is a process where the functional kidney, liver or lung of an individual, whose brain stem, an important part of a central nervous system, is irreparably damaged.

The person is declared brain dead, and the organ is used and transplanted to another patient. There are 95 centres in the state for single organ transplants and 18 for multiple donor transplants.