On 6th March 2020, MOHAN Foundation being a NGO partner was invited to give an awareness talk on Organ Donation at RCF Hospital Chembur to their Hospital Staff and CISF Jawans as a part of the Times Organ Donation Drive an initiative by The Times of India Group and Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute. Ms Jaya Jairam, Dr Jimmy Gupta and Mr Nitin Tambe represented MOHAN Foundation for the awareness program.
Mrs Bhagyashree Kapure introduced all the dignitaries & speakers. Then Ms Jaya Jairam introduced MOHAN Foundation, its mission, vision. She elaborated on the concept of organ and tissue donation by explaining the types of death viz. circulatory and brain death and spoke about the organs and tissues that can be donated. She also described that tissue donation (Skin & Cornea) can happen even at home which caught the attention of the participants. She then explained about Brain death certification tests like the Apnoea test which have to be performed at an interval of 6 hrs. She also explained about the authorities & doctors who certify brain death. She concluded with the number of lives one organ donor can save. She then addressed the myths about Organ Donation the public have & how we can debunk them by illustrating the real facts about Organ Donation. Also the Jawans were invited to join in our volunteering program. Details of Organ Donation Helpline No. 1800 103 7100 were also shared. Lastly Ms Jaya Jairam shared her personal story of the struggles she had gone through before the transplant and how her life has changed completely after receiving ‘The Gift Of Life’ in the form of Organ Donation from her Mother, She quoted that her Mother has given birth to her twice.
About 40 participants including Hospital Staff and CISF Jawans attended the awareness session. About 20 participants took pledge & few pledged online. We thank Dr Rekha Devadiga (Sr Manager), Ms Bhagyashree Kapure (Social Worker) of RCF Hospital and CISF Commander Mr Yadav for inviting us and supporting the cause of Organ Donation.