On Tuesday, the 22nd August 2023, The Times of India in association with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai organized an event to felicitate 38 families of Organ Donors and recipients.
MOHAN Foundation, an NGO, has been the official partner with the Times of India for more than a decade now. Ms. Jaya Jairam, the Project Director of MOHAN Foundation has been felicitated as she is also one of the Kidney recipients. She also mentioned that Organ failure is an emotional, physical and financial challenge for the families that transplants alleviate.
Shri. Anupam Kher (famous Indian actor), the guest of honour for the event was moved by inspiring stories of families who donated organs amidst the grief of losing a loved one. Chairperson of the hospital Ms. Tina Ambani sent a message to the donors and recipients mentioning them as the ‘true heroes”. She further added that our donors, who have provided another person a new lease of life, and our recipients, who have embraced this opportunity to lead their best lives, are our heroes. The donors and recipients said it is important to dispel myths and understand how recipients lead fulfilling lives after undergoing transplant.
One of the Kidney recipients Ms. Sukhvinder Kaur (55) shared her story after receiving a kidney transplant in 2012, she started running marathons and has participated in over two dozen starting from 2 kms to 42 kms races. She said “a new organ gave her wings to fly”.
Mr. Vijay Yadav, who donated one of his kidneys to his better half Ms. Suman Yadav, has represented India in World Transplant Games and has won Gold medal in Badminton. The list of kidney recipients' achievement and their sheer determination is commendable.
Shri. Anupam Kher, while delivering his talk mentioned his heartfelt gratitude to all those warriors and achievers who have shown him and the world a different approach towards leading a life. Mr. Kher said he was willing to become a permanent Ambassador for Organ donation given the need to bridge the gap between donors and recipients.
Dr. Santosh Shetty, Executive Director and CEO of KDAH shared the data from the Union health ministry Organ transplants in India have increased just over three-fold from 4,990 in 2013 to 16,041 in 2022. He even shed light on the statistics of the deceased donors and live donors, nearly 3 lakhs people need kidney transplant, but only 6,000 are performed. Every 10 minutes a new person joins the growing list of individuals waiting for Organ transplant.
The above event was well attended by more than 250 people including organ donors, recipients and their families and Doctors.