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I’m thinking of only letting organ donors comment on this blog

A colleague sent me a link to this excellent series "Indian Hospital", on Al-jazeera. I'm grateful.

I've not yet completed watching this movie, but one thing struck me while listening to it: that the rate of organ donation in India is particularly low. I'm not sure about the detailed statistics on this, but I'm thinking of making it mandatory for people to be organ donors before they get the right to comment on this blog.

Being an organ donor is SUCH A SIMPLE thing, and COSTLESS. I can't imagine why anyone would not donate their body for use after they are dead.

An organ is such a vital thing. Once we are dead we don't need our body or organs. We should be thrilled if someone can benefit from our dead body.

Organ donation is ONLY good. There is not one bad thing about it. No cost whatsoever, only gain. A PRICELESS gift that costs nothing!

If there is any manna from heaven, that would be a donated organ. 

The manna is FAKE. The organ is REAL. And has more beneficial properties than any manna, than ANY miracle.

Dear IT experts, is there a way I can require everyone who comments on this blog to confirm (through a tick box) that they are organ donors, before they comment on this blog? Any WordPress plugin that I can use? 

Here's information on organ donation in India [Source]

It is estimated that in India every year over 100,000 people are diagnosed to have kidney failure and would be needing a transplantation. Due to non-availability of organs only about 2,500 kidney transplants are done. The same thing happens for eye and other organ donations as well. 

Call Toll Free number across India for any information on organ donation or to donate organ at: 1919

Imp numbers for Delhi & Mumbai (using MTNL)

1. Information Service on Eye Bank is 1919 

2. Centralized Accident & Trauma Service 1099 

3. Information Service on Blood Bank is 1910 

4. Dial a Doctor 1911 

More information, below:

1. What is Organ Donation?
Organ donation is the gift of an organ to a person who needs a transplant. It’s a procedure in which a healthy organ is taken from an individual who has died and transplanted into a person whose own organ is not functioning properly. Donated organs give the recipients the opportunity of a longer and better quality of life.
2. Why is Organ Donation required?
Sometimes people suffer from irreversible organ failure and the only way they can recover or lead a normal life is to receive an organ transplant.
3. Is it legal?
Yes. It is legal. In India it is governed by the Transplantation of human Organs Act (HOTA), 1994. This act makes it mandatory for institutions conducting transplants to register with an authority appointed by the state government. Many safeguards against misuse have been built in the rules.
4. Which organs and tissues can be donated?
Organs that can be transplanted are Kidneys, Heart, Liver, Lungs, Pancreas, Small Bowel, Cornea. Tissues like Heart Valves, Bone and Skin can also be donated.
5. Do I need to be dead to donate an organ or tissue?
No, Blood and Bone marrow may be donated by live donors. Partial Liver & Kidney donation is allowed by law for blood relatives of the recipient. For other organ donation, the person has to be pronounced ‘brain dead’.
6. Are you sure I will be dead when they transplant my organs?
The Transplantation of Human Organs Act lays down criteria for determining brain stem death. The brain stem death tests must be performed by four Doctors together, none of whom has anything to do with the transplant, and this must be done twice, with a minimum gap of six hours. Such brain death can be declared only in institutions recognized by state appropriate authority.
7. Will the doctors just let me die if they know I will be donating my organs?
No. Your doctors will take the utmost efforts to save your life. This is their first duty. If despite their efforts, the patient dies, only then will the organs / tissues will be considered for donation. These doctors will not be involved with the organ transplantation, a complete different set of doctors will take over for the further procedures.
8. Can I donate if I die in an accident?
Yes if you are taken to the hospital in time and that hospital has capability for organ transplantation and is registered with the state authority.
9. Who will get my organs?
The recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs and has to be compatible for that organ. If not, the next person in waiting will be considered.
10. Will the Rich get priority in waiting list?
NO, the recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs. Clinical criteria like blood group, immunological status, and medical urgency are considered for the transplantation. There is no discrimination based on money, colour, race and religion.
11. Will my family know who gets my organs?
No. The details of the recipient are not revealed to the donors family.
12. Will the recipient know my name and details?
No, the details of the donors are not revealed to the recipient.
13. Are there any religious objections to organ transplants?
All religions in India consider organ donation as an Act of Charity, support it.
14. Can I specify to donate any specific organ and not any others?
Yes you can specify the same on your organ donation card.
15. Can I agree to donate to a specific person and not to anyone else?
No. The recipient has to be on state waiting list for receiving organs. Organ donation is not accepted if it is conditional.
16. Is there any cost of donation to my family?
No, the cost is borne by the recipient’s family.
17. How can I become a donor?
You simply have to fill up and register on our site. You will receive an Organ Donor Card at your mailing address. Please carry this card with you at all times.
18. Do I need to inform my family about my decision?
If you discuss your wish with your family they will be ready for the donation when the time comes and will be able to process the donation faster.
19. Does organ donation cause any delay in funeral arrangement?
No, if consent for organ / tissue donation is given, the surgery is done immediately and there is no interference with the customary funeral arrangement.
20. Can I change my mind about organ donation?
Yes, simply tear your organ donation card.
21. Will I be paid for donating an organ?
No, the law does not permit commercial dealing in human organs.
22. Can I donate if I have a medical condition?
The medical condition of the donor will be assessed at the time of organ donation. HIV and Cancer are specific conditions which excludes people from donating.
23. Would there be an additional expense for donating organs?
24. How can I be sure that the donated organs are safe and diseases free?
All potential donor’s blood is screened for ruling out transmitted diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. The family of the potential donor is kept informed of this requisite procedure.
25. Who can be a live organ donor?
Anyone 18 years of age and above can be a donor. Parents or Guardians consent will be required for any individual below 18 years wishing to donate an organ.

Sanjeev Sabhlok

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10 thoughts on “I’m thinking of only letting organ donors comment on this blog
  1. Sunil

    I’m a committed organ donor. But there are some ridiculous/unnecessary rules or interventions created by the state. Why can a donor not decide whom the organs can benefit. I would like to leave my organs to poor people or a blood relative in my will instead of being siphoned off by corrupt public officials. Or why can i not sell my organs (to a wealthy recipient) and the proceeds go to a charity.

  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Sunil

    Great to hear that you are a registered organ donor.

    But I don’t understand (because I’m not familiar with detailed rules) why your organs are to be “siphoned off by corrupt officials”.

    There is a very small window of opportunity between death and organ donation. The nearest appropriately equipped hospital should be the appropriate place (or like in my case, if in Melbourne, a university hospital) for organ extraction and transplantation. Relatives of many organ donors in India will likely not find nearby proper hospitals upon death.

    Which “corrupt public officials” come into the picture?

    I’m willing to have us organise a movement for reform of the laws to ensure that wishes of donors are taken into account. Note, you’ll have to provide the precise amendments to the law you think we should have. Thereafter we can create a team/project that wants to get the law changed.

    This is one thing which IAC could support. It is neither socialist nor capitalist. Just a normal human need.


  3. Veena

    Dear Sir
    I’m a registered organ donor. I’ve pledged to donate my body to medical institution.
    But I still a some confusion. Law says that person has to be brain dead, if his \her organs are to be donated. Someone told me that that happens only in case of an accident. Is it so?
    I need to know this so that I instruct my family accordingly.
    2) I do agree with Sunil that preference should be given to a family member to receive an organ, is donor so desire.

  4. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Veena

    I’m registered for organ and body donation in Australia. I’m not best placed to advise you on India’s organ donation system. Please check the phone numbers and internet links I’ve provided, and call these people. I strongly urge you to be very clear about everything and then sign up. Don’t hesitate to ask all relevant questions.


  5. Vishal Kumar Singh


    Want to donate an organ for a “not so near” relative in dire need of a transplant?

    You might have to prove that the recipient and you have been staying together and sharing the same kitchen for 10 years or more.

    You have to also produce “old photographs showing the donor and the recipient together”.

    Under the new draft of the Transplantation of Human Organ Rules, 2012, prepared by the Union health ministry in consultation with several experts on August 30, an unrelated donor may also be interviewed along with h/his family member “regarding awareness about his or her intention to donate an organ, the authenticity of the link between the donor and the recipient and the reasons for donation”.

  6. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    There are probably a lot of crooks in India so such heavy handed policies. A regulatory impact statement would have proved the case for such policy. India doesn’t have such a simple basic process. Ad hocism is therefore very likely.

  7. sandeep bhagwat

    i am not an registered organ donor nor i am against organ donation. but i am just curious that why you, being a proponent of free speech think of restricting comments from organ donors only?

  8. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Free speech is a PRIVATE right, not a right on other people’s private property. You are welcome to your own blog to write your views.

    ALL restrictions on private property are valid.


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