On January 14th, 2018, MOHAN Foundation was invited to conduct a session on organ donation at Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Beri (District Jhajjar). The session was coordinated by Mr. Dinesh Kumar who is the president of Yuva Jagriti Evam Samajik Utthan Manch, Beri (District Jhajjar),Haryana. Ms. Mareena Thomas, Programme Officer, MOHAN Foundation (MF) was the resource person for the talk. She was accompanied by Mr. Pawan Shekhawat, Transplant Coordinator MF. This is the second session that has been organized in Beri through Dinesh’s efforts.
Beri is a village and a Municipal committee in the Jhajjar district in northern Indian state of Haryana. It is one of the largest tehsils of Haryana State including 77 villages.
The session started with Mr. Dinesh Kumar introducing MOHAN Foundation to the participants. Ms. Mareena began by interacting with participants to set in motion the session. She enquired from the participants if they had heard about organ donation. Many people raised their hands in affirmative. How many of them had heard about brain death few of them were aware about the term. Then she asked about the difference in Coma and Brian death mostly was confused and was thinking the same for both. Then a short film on brain stem death was shown to the group to get their inputs on the film and the basic difference between cardiac death and brain death was explained. Dinesh was asked to share his experience of donating corneas of his own grandfather. He explained that it was a very simple procedure where the only effort taken by him was to call the national eye bank. While the retrieval team came to his residence and retrieved his grandfather’s cornea within 20 minutes without leaving any deformity in the appearance of the body. Inspired by the same Dinesh’s grandmother has now the shared her wish for full body donation and has also written it down.
Following this Mareena explained the different ways one could pledge to be an organ donor. She also emphasized on the fact that pledging by signing a donor card or filling up an organ donor pledge form, in both the situations it is important to bring the family in consensus with one’s wishes, as their decision will be considered final.
There were 57 participants and 50 donor cards were picked up.