Organ donation: Recipients express gratitude to donor families

The Pune ZTCC today arranged an event to celebrate National Organ Donation Day which was marked on 27 November. The event aimed to spread awareness on the importance of organ donation. It also facilitated ambulance drivers and social workers working in the medical field

Organ donation: Recipients express gratitude to donor families

In total, 63 families were felicitated today at the event organised to celebrate National Organ Donation Day. While National Organ Donation Day was observed on November 27, ZTCC Pune had decided to celebrate it on Saturday in the city.

Nirmala Tonage got an opportunity on Saturday to thank her children who decided to donate their father’s organs when he was declared brain-dead last year.

“My elder son was 22-years-old and younger one was 19-years-old when the doctor told us that my husband is brain-dead. I was not in position to take a decision since I was in mental distress. But it was my children who decided to donate his organs and today I am proud of my children that they inherited the best qualities of their father,” she said at the program arranged by Pune Zonal Organ Coordination Transplant committee, (ZTCC), to celebrate national organ donation day.

In total, 63 families were felicitated today at the event organised to celebrate National Organ Donation Day. While National Organ Donation Day was observed on November 27, ZTCC Pune had decided to celebrate it on Saturday in the city.

“This year’s Rakhsha Bhandhan festival was special for me. Though my sister was not there to tie a rakhi on my wrist, the man who had received one of my sister’s organs tied it on my wrist. I still remember the day when i decided to donate organs of my brain-dead sister. I did not do any ritual post her death. She was a journalist by profession and I am sure that had she been alive she would have appreciated my decision of donating the organs,” Amit Karandikar, brother of Aparna Karandikar who donated three organs last year.

Gunjan Bhagat, son of Shobha Bhagat, said, “We do not put garland on the photo of my deceased mother. After the organ donation we feel that she is still alive. After donating her organs, even my father has filled a form for body donation. It is very crucial to get family support at such moment when you have to take a decision for organ donation.”

Pooja Shinde, who recently underwent a heart transplant, thanked all the organ donors family. “It is only because some family decided to donate the organs of their dear ones; people like me are able to have a healthy life.”

Aarti Gokhale, Central coordinator at ZTCC, Pune, said, “The purpose of the program is to spread awareness about the importance of organ donation. In the program, we also felicitated the ambulance drivers and social workers working in the field.”