Spread awareness on organ donation through biking, 67-year-old man reaches Mumbai

Pramod Laxman Mahajan, who has been a volunteer of the Rebirth foundation since two years, will travel by riding on his motorcycle across 18 states in India to spread awareness about organ donation. He has resolved to cover more than 12,000 to 15,000 kms during the course of his journey

pramod-mahajan

Mahajan’s journey was flagged from Pune on October 21, 2018 and it will continue for the next 100 days. Today morning, (October 22), he reached Mumbai’s KEM Hospital to spread the word on organ donation.

He himself had donated one of his kidneys to his friend, around 20 years ago, although he believes that a lack of awareness on organ donation is hampering its process.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Mahajan said, “I was a farmer for all these years. I come from a small village in Sangli district, Maharashtra. When I donated my kidney to my friend, there were many misconceptions regarding the concept of organ donation. After two decades, I still feel people still have many misconceptions and are not willing to come forward to donate their organs.”

He added, “Once a person is declared dies, his body is burnt. Instead of cremating his body, the family should donate the deceased person’s organs. One organ donor can save eight lives. I plan to raise awareness on organ donation across 18 states in India.

He explained, “There are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding organ donation. People believe that if you donate an organ like a kidney or liver when you are alive, you will fall sick and your lifespan will become shorter. I have donated my kidney 20 years ago, but look at me. I am still fit and fine.”