In India, at this stage, more than 2000 liver transplants are performed every year. However, this number is significantly small compared to the number of patients in India who die every year due to chronic liver disease.
Our liver, “the seat of life”, is an incredible organ that can repair and regenerate itself, but only in the early stages of injury. When it is scarred to the stage of cirrhosis, no medical treatment can reverse the damaged organ and it progresses to liver failure and multiple organ failure. A damaged liver has a higher risk of developing cancer. Liver failure, liver cancer and several developmental disorders in children are only cured by liver transplantation.
In India, at this stage, more than 2000 liver transplants are performed every year. However, this number is significantly small compared to the number of patients in India who die every year due to chronic liver disease. It is estimated that around 50,000 to 60,000 patients with liver disease require Liver Transplant in India every year but are unable to do so due to various reasons, the main one being the lack of available donors in the country. .
Liver transplantation has made rapid progress over the past few decades, and several advances in patient assessment, improved surgical technique, and immunosuppression research have made it a successful operation in experienced centers.
A well-equipped quaternary hospital with a massive team of multidisciplinary experts and a trained support team is working hard to make it a safe operation, but the real hero of this miracle operation is not the surgeon or the patient but the donor himself. same. A patient with terminal liver disease who faces a bleak future leaves the hospital healthy and hopes to live a normal life only if he receives a transplant at the right time.
In the first verse of the famous Thirukkural on charity, Thiruvalluvar says that giving to the needy is true charity and everything else is devoid of good seeking compensation. What can be greater than when someone can give the gift of life and by donating organs after death one can save at least nine other people and improve the life of one dozen others with priceless fabrics. And not only the patient, but it could be the victory of a whole family and many others. As a transplant professional, it is heartwarming to watch recipient children grow up to pursue their dreams, adults lead productive lives and seek happiness for the rest of their lives.
India stands among the nations of the world in providing advanced medical treatment on par with the western world, but the comparison of organ donations across the world shows our country in a bad light as the donation rates per million inhabitants (pmp) are very lamentable. Spain gives over 35 pmp while India’s give is less than 0.8 pmp. What are the reasons for such low donations? Every religious text has always asked to always help others and has nothing against organ donation.
The disfigurement myths are completely unfounded because it is a surgery performed by super specialists with the utmost care. Organ allocation is still done by government agencies with principles of equitable distribution and priority to disease severity. There must be massive awareness campaigns to educate people on this very important issue which can save millions of lives.
On this special day, let’s make a vow to become an organ donor by registering online and discussing the option with our loved ones who will be the decision makers when needed. Donate your organs, save lives.