- On May 22, after the death of a 102-year-old Parvati Aatugade, her family donated her eyes
- The organ donation took place in Aashta city of Sangli district of Maharashtra
- This is the 213 eye donation in the past 22 years which has been recorded in Aashta
Organ donation is the need of the hour. There is a huge gap between the demand and the supply of organs. Only 0.58 per 10 lakh people donate their organs. Due to lack of awareness and the myths associated with organ donation, people generally don’t come forward to donate organs.
However, a family from Sangli district of Maharashtra has set an example for all. The family had donated the eyes of a 102-year-old Parvati Aatugade after her death.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sharad Aatugade, the grandson of Parvati, said, “My grandmother died on May 22. We, as a family, took a collective decision to donate her eyes. Organ donation is the need of the hour. And, we can give a new lease of life to a person in need.”
Sharad informed, his grandmother had undergone cataract operation a few years ago and her eyes were in good condition. So, after speaking to the doctors, we decided to donate her eyes.
Charudatta Wathare, President of the Giant group, Aashta, an NGO which works for spreading awareness about organ donation, facilitated the eye donation process.
He said, “In our village, we try to donate eyes of every possible deceased person. We have been spreading awareness about eye donation in our village for the past several years. People in Aashta, are now more open about organ donation. Now, people call us if there is a death in their family. Those who are not aware of the eye donation procedure, we explain it to them and also explain them the importance of organ donation.”
Dr Kamal Jain, Director of Giants Welfare Foundation’s Organ Donation awareness Project “Recycle Life” said, “There is no age-limit for donating the eyes, eye donations from those above 80 years of are usually used for research and not for vision restoration and this is explained to the family beforehand.”
Dr Manasi Aarya, Lions NAB Eye hospital in Miraj, Sangli, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “On Tuesday, May 22, we retrieved eyes from Parvati. The most important thing, which we have to make sure is that the eye is in healthy condition. So, after the eye donation surgery, we perform a series of tests to find out whether the eye is in good condition, and then it is given to the recipient.”