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.”