Delhi NCR: Iconic Deepa Malik, first paralympic medalist woman of India, packed a punch in HCMCT Manipal Hospital’s Initiative MOST (Manipal Organ Sharing &Transplant) by entreating people to liberate their narrow thinking about organ donation on the momentous occasion of 75th Independence Day and come forward in force to make plentiful availability of organs for transplant. The initiative was launched on April 10 in the hospital.

Mrs. Malik said you will live Most if your organs are donated after death because this supreme act will make even your body imperishable like soul. She bemoaned that given the vast population of India while Most cadaver organs should be available for gifting life to dying people, it is abysmally low. Manipal Hospital @ Dwarka pledged to be at the forefront of campaign to encourage people for organ and Tissue Donation.

As Dr Rajneesh Sahai, Director, NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) said PM Modi government is in the process of doing Most for boosting organ donation, Manipal’s initiative will be a force multiplier.The hospital can boast of a comprehensive organ transplant program.

With the help of this initiative, people can now directly register themselves for organ donation at NOTTO through the hospital’s website. On this occasion, Dr Deepa Malik and over 700 employees from all Manipal hospitals in NCR pledged to donate their organs and eyes. The hospital also launched its new department that aims to provide support and counselling to families of potential donors with brain death and encourage them to consider organ donation.

During the launch of this initiative, Dr Deepa Malik, said, “Organ donation is a noble cause that not only gives a new ray of hope to someone in need but also allows an individual to remain a part of this world even when they are no longer around. It is an undeniable fact that, despite medical advancements in India, there is very limited awareness about organ donation and how many lives it can save. The requirement for organ transplant has drastically risen and more people need to step forward to bridge this gap. I urge all Indians to donate their organs and support the cause.”

Speaking about the importance of this cause, Dr. (Colonel) Avnish Seth, VSM, Head – Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Manipal Organ Sharing & Transplant, HCMCT Manipal Hospitals said, “We should all be proud of the fact that India carries out the third largest number of organ transplants in the world, annually. The country has in-depth experience and wide-ranging expertise in the world to perform living donor kidney and liver transplantation. However, the need of the hour is to donate organs and tissues when we are no longer in this world. Indians are altruistic by nature.With the help of this campaign, Manipal Hospitals aim to inspire more and more people to be a part of this noble act“.

Talking about the initiative, Raman Bhaskar, Hospital Director, HCMCT Manipal Hospitals said, “Manipal Hospitals has always been on the forefront of taking initiative for the better health of people. #TheMostNobelAct is our initiative to increase awareness on organ donation. One person can save up to 8 lives by pledging their organs. This noble act not only helps an individual lead a healthier, more productive life, but it also affects the families, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances who love and support those in need of an organ transplant. Through this initiative, we urge families of brain-dead patients to step forward to be a part of this noble cause and give the gift of life to those in need”.

In India, almost 4,00,000 people need organ transplants every year due to organ failure. Not many people know that a single individual can save up-to 8 lives by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, small intestine, and pancreas, after brain death. Brain death may occur in patients with head injury or stroke in whom the brain dies but the heart continues to beat, thus keeping the organs alive for a while. On the other hand, tissues like eyes, skin bones and heart valves can be donated with-in 6 to 8 hours of any death.