- Organ donation not only gifts a life to the recipient but is the only way to honour the donor’s organ; it saves a parent from the pain of losing a child, it prevents a child from growing up without a parent, it adds years of happiness to couples whose time together would otherwise have been cruelly cut short. It is the ultimate gift of love and a happy responsibility.
- As a mark of respect to the donor families, P. D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre’s Nephrology department organized its 12th Organ Donor Felicitation Programme. Through this event, PD Hinduja Hospital aims to increase awareness about organ donation amongst citizens so as to close the gap between the demand and supply of life-saving organs.
- The programme also provided a platform to a few donors and recipients to share their experiences with the audience and help build courage for potential donors.
- Special guests at the event were Dia Mirza (Bollywood actor), Swanand Kirkire (lyricist), Neelambari Kirkire (singer) and Shantanu Moitra (music composer) who felicitated more than 35 donors and their family members for the selfless act.
Dia Mirza, actress and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador India said, “I congratulate each and every organ donor and their families present here for making this wonderful life-changing choice. The miracle of life is one that we value and appreciate when we have it and it is only when we see life being challenged in the ones we love around us, that we recognise what a blessing it is. I think it is very important for us as a society to embrace the idea that organ donation is a right that each one of us must exercise.”
Gautam Khanna, CEO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital and MRC said, “An organ transplant means a second chance at life, allowing many recipients to return to a normal lifestyle. This programme aims to bring about a positive change to the current transplant scenario by inspiring people to opt for organ donation after death and bridge the gap between need and availability of organs.”
Dr Alan Almeida, Head of Department, Nephrology said, “We are extremely proud of every courageous donor and their family that has participated in the noble act of donating their organs. They have their own stories but they understand that there is a bigger picture with many others waiting and their impact has been extremely positive in increasing the number of organ donor requests and in doing so, increasing the hope of those awaiting the call for a transplant.”