- There are millions of people in this country who need an organ for survival. If they get an organ, they can get a new life. Each year, hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant.
- There is a shortage of organs, and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is getting larger.
- As per the data available with National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), 54, 110, 235 and 190 heart transplants and 720, 1024, 1368 and 805 kidney transplants have been undertaken in the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Dr Sanjay Pathare, Medical Director of Ruby Hall Clinic said, “The graph of organ donations is increasing. Still, there is a huge waiting list and people are not aware about the organ donation. It is for this reason that we have organised a marathon dedicated for the cause of organ donation.”
The run is organised on February 4 at 7:00 am. Registration forms are available at all the branches of Ruby Hall. The event will consist of two and five kilometres of marathon track. Sassoon General hospitals, Indian Medical association Pune, Association of African Students of India, Liver Support Group are some of the institutes that have tied up with the hospital for the event.
Dr Sheetal Mahajan, at Ruby Hall Clinic said, “Many liver transplant recipients have already registered for the marathon. They have shared that only because someone has donated their liver to them that they are alive. Organ transplant recipients are the ambassadors for organ donation and only if they come forward, then can there be awareness on organ donation.”