In the video on his mother’s phone, Arjun Shamat is dancing with his youngest sister; just another kid goofing off. Who could have known then that a few months later he would be dead? “He never left home without informing me,” says Raj Kumari, his mother, a domestic worker.
State medical education minister Girish Mahajan recently wrote to the Tata Trust for help in creating a mechanism to boost cadaver donation in Maharashtra. Mr Mahajan requested the Tata Trust to design a model urging government hospitals to identify and declare brain-dead patients and counsel their families to donate organs.
As per a study conducted by Mohan Foundation, an NGO, the number of youth pledging their organs has increased manifold. 81% of the pledges for organ donation signed between 2010 and 2018 were by those in the 18-40 age group. The largest group of signatories—22,850 out of the 43,792 pledges—was from the 21-30 age group.
Fifteen-year-old Mumbai resident Vaibhav Sanghavi had just completed his Class X exams in 2016 when he was asked a question that is rarely asked to someone so young: Would he consent to donate the organs of his 44-year-old mother who had just been declared brain dead? As their father was long dead, it was left to Vaibhav and younger brother Ravi to decide.
In a country where donor kidneys are in short supply, some questions are often asked. One of them is whether Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was recently admitted to AIIMS for a kidney transplant, would have to undergo the same procedure as the rest of the country under the Transplant of Human Organs and Tissue Rules, 2014.
Around 200 people from all walks of life participated in the Udaipur Donor Dash 2018 on Sunday at 6:30am. The organ donation awareness initiative was brought to life once again today.
The city has witnessed two deceased organ donations and transplants this year within a span of only one and a half months. In another boost to the movement, the state has started online registry of donors who have already pledged their organs.
At the Goafest 2018, Early Man Film went on to win Video Craft Specialist of the Year award with five Gold metals. The first three Gold awards came for Reforest India's 'The Story of Kaveri' campaign under three different sub-categories (16A Direction), (16B Editing) and (16D Cinematography).
Over the past 10-15 years, with the aid of stringent rules and regulations on brain death, there has not been a single accusation on somebody being declared dead by mistake or knowingly.
Awards across six categories for the Creative Abby Awards were announced at Goafest 2018 today. In the category of 'Video Craft Specialist of the Year' Early Man Film made a cleansweep bagging five Gold, four Silver and seven Bronze metals getting them 92 points. To put a perspective, the second place went to Oink films with just 14 points (one Silver and two Bronze).