Organ donations are increasingly saving lives and organs are being transplanted across gender, caste and religious identities in many states of India. These acts of solidarity and generosity are something to celebrate. However, there is a spoiler in this inspiring tale.
Organ transplants in India are prohibitively expensive
A huge number of organ failure patients are not benefiting from this life-saving procedure advancement in medicine. They are ill-equipped to bear the financial burden of the transplant and subsequent follow-ups and therefore cannot avail this option.
There are very few public hospitals performing transplants. More than 95% of organ transplants especially of organs like livers and hearts are currently performed in the private sector where costs range from Rs. 20 to 25 lakhs. Even relatively less complex kidney transplants cost between Rs. 8 to 10 lakhs.
Like in many other spheres, the poor by the accident of their birth stand little chance of receiving life-saving transplants.
More State Governments need to pave the way for making transplants affordable and help patients with post-transplant medication support. Till then, NGOs and such entities need to come forward to bridge the gap.
MOHAN Foundation has been working relentlessly to increase the deceased organ donation rate in various states, across India. It gives us great pleasure to now announce our endeavour, Anudaan – Making transplants affordable for providing help to the economically poor and needy patients so that they can also have access to life-saving organ donation and transplantation.
This endeavour has been made possible by the generosity of philanthropic individuals, corporates and other entities. We encourage contributions to the corpus so that more patients can be supported under this initiative.
- To honour the memory of a loved one
- To commemorate a special day
- To show your gratitude
- To simply celebrate life
Who is Eligible?
- Individual Grants
Mr. T.N.Venkatesan, a philanthropist, has been supporting various causes in education and health. When his own daughter, underwent a kidney transplant in the year 2010, he realized the need for supporting the underprivileged so that they may have access to such life-saving treatment.
- Our Partnering Trusts & Foundations
- Corporate Partners
- Our Crowdfunding Partner
Milaap - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-transplants-affordable
Application form and Supporting requirements
- Economically underprivileged patients as determined by the grant criteria
- Kidney / Liver / Heart / Lungs / Pancreas / Small bowel transplant candidates may apply
The Application Form for Financial aid can be downloaded by clicking below.
- This form is required to be submitted to us by the hospital authorities where the transplant is planned.
- Applications must be made at least 15 days prior to the transplant date.
- The final decision on the applications (based on eligibility criteria), will depend on the discretion of the internal committee set up for this purpose.
Baby Aaradhya Akunuri, Liver transplant, January 16, 2021
6-year-old Baby Aaradhya successfully underwent a liver transplant on 16th
January 2021, at Global Hospital, Hyderabad. We received the support of many individuals and ‘Transplants Help the Poor Foundation’ and we were able to collectively raise Rs. 8.5 Lakhs. The hospital gave some concession and the transplant was made possible.
Baby Aaradhya, hailing from Sirsapalli village, Huzurabad, Telangana, belongs to a low-income family that could never afford such an expensive transplant, without the support provided by ‘Anudaan – Making Transplants Affordable’. While her mother was willing to give a portion of her liver, the family was lacking the financial resources to go ahead.
MOHAN Foundation wishes Aaradhya a long, healthy and happy life and thanks to all the supporters for their generosity.
“I thank everyone who worked round the clock to bring back smiles to our family. We will always be grateful to MOHAN Foundation, MFJCF and Transplants Help the poor Foundation”.
(Father of Baby Aaradhya)
Ms. Susmitha, Kidney transplant, April 1, 2021
On February 10, 2021, MOHAN Foundation’s “Anudaan - Making Transplants Affordable” team received a mail from one Ms Shirisha Guntaka from Houston, USA requesting help for a young 27 year old woman, J. Susmitha, requiring a kidney transplant. She had come to know about Susmitha as they both hail from Telangana. Moved by the plight of this young girl, Shirisha set up an online fundraiser. “I got their case as a request for donation. Looking at their condition & after studying their financial issues, I started a fundraiser for them, but was unable to rasie the money needed for surgery. I anyway told them to go ahead with the surgery and promised them that I will personally pay if I am unable to get donations.”
This Good Samaritan had raised 40% of the surgery cost on the online fundraising campaign on ‘gofundme” but had hit a block thereafter. That’s when she reached out to MOHAN Foundation.
Anudaan Team looked closely at the request and after receiving the required information and the requisite documents, decided to support Susmitha with her transplant. MOHAN Foundation contributed 2 lakhs and also worked closely with the hospital to bring the transplant cost down and Susmitha successfully underwent a kidney transplant on April 1, 2021.
J. Susmitha hails from a small village called Aagapet in Telangana. She is a housewife and mother of a 5 years old son. Susmitha is a Bachelor of Arts in literature (Telugu) and wishes to be a teacher but her dreams are on hold currently because of health problems. While they lived in the village, she had to go to Warangal for dialysis thrice a week. She was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease which started due to Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH). They lost their child at 7 months of pregnancy which is the first time Susmitha got high BP during pregnancy. While she lost the baby, she herself survived but with failed kidneys.
Susmitha’s husband was an employee at an airport but he had to quit his job when he learned that his wife was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and needed to be taken for dialysis thrice a week. The family has obviously been undergoing financial struggles. When the doctor advised an immediate Kidney Transplant, her mother happily came forward to donate kidney to her beloved daughter. But due to their poor economic situation, the family could not have borne the entire expense of the transplant. That is when they started reaching out to friends and relatives and the word spread.
Both she and her mother have recovered and are slowly returning to a normal life. “I would like to thank MOHAN Foundation from the bottom of my heart for giving me a second life.”
- says Susmitha.
Somani Jatothu, Susmitha’s husband says, “I am very happy now. With support from MOHAN Foundation, the transplant went very smoothly without any fear. MOHAN Foundation is truly God’s gift to us.”
He now feels confident about returning to a full time job.
After the transplant, Shirisha wrote to the Foundation saying, “We can't thank you enough for your kind donation! This is a moment where expressing gratitude is beyond words. In addition to helping by donating, you had also sincerely requested hospital management to reduce the surgery cost & got the estimate revised to 8.8 lakhs. You also worked with the transplant coordinator directly and showed that the family is not alone. MOHAN foundations presence and support has made a big difference in making the hospital management understand Susmitha's financial background & need to reduce cost.”
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