On October 3 and 4, 2017, MOHAN Foundation was invited by IndiGo to conduct awareness sessions on organ donation as part of “Joy of Giving”, celebrated in the organization through the months of September & October at their offices in IFLy Learning Academy, Sector 44 and Indigo Business Park, Gurugram respectively. Mr. Naval Kumar Aggarwal, Consultant (Engineering), Indigo took the initiative to organize these sessions. He is a cadaver liver recipient and has undergone the Angels of Change – Volunteers Training for Organ Donation conducted by the Foundation. He is an ardent supporter of the cause and the Foundation and its activities.
Ms. Pallavi Kumar & Ms. Mareena Thomas were the resource persons for the session on October 3 at IFLy Academy. Dr. Muneet Kaur Sahi & Ms. Jyoti Sharma were the resource persons on October 4 at Indigo Busines Park.
Mr. Raji Sharma (CSR) from IFLy introduced the foundation and its activities and invited Ms. Pallavi to conduct the session. Ms. Pallavi began the session by asking the participants few questions on organ donation so as to understand their level of information on the subject. To name a few: when can one donate organs? what is brain death? Is there a difference between brain death and coma?
She then told them about why one should donate organs, stressing upon organ donation as being the need of the hour, the wide gap between demand and supply of organs and patients suffering from end stage organ failure dying because of lack of organs. She gave them information about the Transplantation of Humans Organs Act, 1994 that governs all the activities pertaining to organ donation & transplantation in India. Brain death was explained with the help of a video and the fact that coma and brain death are completely different was also explained in detail.
Participants were quite attentive and had lot of queries regarding the subject: If I pledge to be an organ donor and am in a position to donate, would my family member in need of an organ be given preference? What if I die in a hospital that does not have a brain death committee?
In the end, Pallavi invited Mr. Aggarwal to share his real-life experience of having received a liver through a cadaveric donation in Chennai few years back. Mr. Aggarwal in his speech thanked the donor for having given him a new lease of life and felt humbled by the selfless act of the donor’s family.
The second session at Indigo Business Park was a one-on-one session as it was a small group and the participants were encouraged to ask questions or if someone had anything personal to share regarding organ donation. One of the participant shared that her father needed a liver transplant last year and she was willing to donate to him but unfortunately his condition deteriorated and he died before the transplant could happen.
Close to 42 participants attended the sessions and 45 donor cards were picked up.