Shruti Mishra became the youngest ambassador of Mohan Foundation (MF), a not for profit organization that coordinates organ donation and transplantation across the country, on Tuesday. The 21-year-old was chosen for the job because she had already pledged her organs last year.
June 16 was a routine Tuesday for the youngsters manning 104, the medical advice helpline set up by the Tamil Nadu government. At 11.30 am, a call came in from Paramakudi in the south-eastern Ramanathapuram district. On the line was N Gnanasekaran, seeking immediate assistance. His sister, 65-year-old K Premavathy, had died of natural causes about 15 minutes before the call and Gnanasekaran wanted to donate her eyes.
Two years ago, 22-year-old Hvovi Minocherhomji had just had a celebratory meal with her parents to mark the end of her B Com exams. Soon after that she dropped to the pavement and almost died. Her heart had stopped beating.
A city-based hospital, in collaboration with several voluntary groups, on Wednesday launched a campaign to increase awareness for organ donation among people residing in Delhi-NCR.
Just a year ago, 21-year-old Bandra resident Hvovi Minocherhomji struggled with breathlessness and could barely walk a few steps at a time. On 15 June last year, she got a new lease on life when she became probably the first person from Maharashtra to get a heart transplant.
Until a year ago, walking a few steps was itself a huge task for Hvovi Minocherhomji, a heart transplant recipient from Mumbai. Now, the 22-year-old college student who enjoys roller coaster rides wants to advocate the cause of deceased organ donation.
"I want sell my kidney. I am a 37-year-old married woman ... I have no money for my son's studies and I have family problems. So can you help me sir? It's very urgent ... My blood group is B positive,'' says an email sent to transplant surgeons in Chennai on May 25.