Since diseases like diabetes and hypertension are becoming common, the relevance of organ donation is increasing. But supply has not kept pace with the demand in organ donations and there is a considerable decline in posthumous organ donation, especially in Kerala. The major organs that aren't adequately transplanted are kidneys and liver. Understanding the false and unscientific information about organ donation is crucial as it benefits thousands of lives.
Organ donation won't make changes in dead bodies since experienced doctors handle the surgeries.
There is no problem in burying the body according to rituals. An individual who permitted donation won't be negatively affected and the doctors treating patients will have no relation to the donation.
Brain death equals death, while the breathing and blood flow can be sustained for some time using ventilators or pacemakers. It helps to maintain the organs without any damage.
An individual won't become medically unfit after donation and won't face issues in jobs or other needs.
Organs cannot be purchased or sold for money. It is a punishable offense that could invite 5-10 years of imprisonment and a Rs 20 lakh penalty.
No expenses will be charged from the donor's family. The hospital will take care of the charges after the confirmation of brain death till the transplantation.
After the confirmation of death, the doctor or the hospital cannot decide on the receiver. According to the waiting list issued by 'Kerala Network for Organ Sharing,' the donation can only be done through the organization.
(The author is a professor and the medicine department head at Government medical college, Konni)