November 23, 2016
Organ Donation Day, a get-together of organ donor families and recipient families was organised at KG hospitals.
“It is a rare occasion in which donor families and recipient families had a chance to meet up with each other as the recipients are not aware of who the donor was and vice versa. The main objective was to thank the donor families who have brought cheer to families of organ recipients,” said G Bakthavathsalam, chairman of KG Hospitals Delivering his presidential address Bakthavathsalam said, “The tragic death of near and dear ones in unforeseen circumstances pave the way for organ donation, and the generosity of the victim’s family members help the donor get a new lease of life.
KG Hospitals salutes this unique and magnanimous gesture of the grief-stricken families of donors, who mustered the courage to donate organs, such as kidney, liver, heart, eyes and skin, to save those battling for lives.”
“Organ transplants are done in two ways: cadaver transplant (from brain dead patients) and live donors. A team of specialists had to certify a patient as brain dead before harvesting the organs. Then, all the legal procedures had to be duly complied with,” he added.
A wife who had donated a kidney to her husband, a lady doctor who had successfully got a kidney transplant in KG Hospital and is living in Washington, US, shared their experiences among other donors.
A special post card, bearing the words “My Life is Someone’s Gift” and “Be an organ donor”, was released. The recipients also donated flower pots to the donor families to express their heartfelt gratitude.
Medical and paramedical staff of the hospital including Dr NM Balakrishnan, urologist, Dr S Ramasamy, assistant nephrologist, Dr RRRavi, chief neuro—spinal surgeon, Dr S Senthilnathan, joint replacement surgeon, Dr Nirmala, head of blood pressure clinic, Dr Viveka, transfusion specialist, and Dr Ilangovan veerappan, cheif nephrologist took part in programme.