MOHAN Foundation marks a milestone in organ donation and transplantation in a first-ever musical concert at a Chennai Metro Rail Station

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Highlight - Celebrating the Gift of Life, 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant in the world and 20th anniversary of MOHAN Foundation - Musical concert by renowned Carnatic music vocalists Ranjani & Gayatri.

Chennai, 3rd December 2017: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant in the world that was performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard on 3rd December, 1967 in South Africa, is MOHAN Foundation, an NGO that has been working in the field of deceased organ donation for the past two decades. Metro Retro - A Celebration of Life marks the milestone of heart transplants coming of age in India, and Chennai in particular. It also celebrates the 20th anniversary of MOHAN Foundation. In a first-ever event in a Metro Rail Station renowned Carnatic music vocalists Ranjani & Gayatri will be performing at 6 pm on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at Vadapalani Metro Station.

Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation said, “Dr. K. M. Cherian, Frontier Life Line Hospital put Tamil Nadu on the map of heart transplants when he performed the first heart transplant in Chennai on 23rd September 1995. It was an inspiring example of religious integration - the donor was a Hindu, the recipient was a Muslim and the doctors were Christians! Dr. K. R. Balakrishnan of Fortis Malar has performed 113 heart transplants in close to two years. Heart transplants are also being successfully performed in the government sector. And now there are many more heart transplant centres that have come up in the state.”

Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, MOHAN Foundation whose brainchild it was to hold this landmark event in the Chennai Metro Rail Station said the idea came to her during her journey to work every day on the Metro. She added, “The Metro Rail project has been successfully launched and is operational in the face of numerous challenges, much like what MOHAN Foundation has faced and achieved in its 20-year journey. MOHAN Foundation's vision for 2020 is to double deceased organ donations to 1600 per year and save many more precious lives.”

About MOHAN Foundation

MOHAN Foundation, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, was started in 1997 by like-minded doctors and non-medical professionals to promote organ donation. It is a registered NGO with Income Tax exemption under Section 80G and 35AC and has offices in Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Jaipur and Information Centres in Nagpur, Chandigarh, and USA. MOHAN Foundation works in the areas of public awareness, training programmes for transplant coordinators, workshops for physicians and surgeons, networking with state and national bodies and web registries.

For further details, please contact:

Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee
Mobile: 98400 25680
Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director
Mobile: 98490 28795
Email: [email protected]


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