Makkal Needhi Maiam organised a marathon here on Sunday to commemorate the 67th birthday of its president Kamal Haasan and to create awareness on organ donation.
Makkal Neethi Maiyyam State secretary (propaganda) Anusha Ravi and Coimbatore North district secretary SIDCO A. Siva said, the marathon was held from Kurichi Sundarapuram and more than 500 persons took part. Coimbatore Athletic Association executives and members conducted the marathon and gave away commendation certificates and medals to the participants. Prize money of ₹ 25,000 was given away, a release said.
What is organ donation and transplantation?
Organ donation is the process of surgically removing an organ or tissue from one person (the organ donor) and placing it into another person (the recipient). Transplantation is necessary because the recipient’s organ has failed or has been damaged by disease or injury.
Organ transplantation is one of the great advances in modern medicine. Unfortunately, the need for organ donors is much greater than the number of people who donate.
What organs and tissues can be transplanted?
Organs and tissues that can be transplanted include Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Heart, Lung, Intestine, Corneas, Middle ear, Skin, Bone, Bone marrow, Heart valves, Connective tissue, Vascularized composite allografts (transplant of several structures that may include skin, uterus, bone, muscles, blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue).
Who can be an organ donor?
People of all ages should consider themselves potential donors. When a person dies, they are evaluated for donor suitability based on their medical history and age. The organ procurement organization determines medical suitability for donation.
How do I become an organ donor?
Individuals who wish to be organ donors should complete the following steps:
You might join a donor registry. A registry is more than just an expression of interest in becoming a donor. It’s a way to legally give consent for the anatomical gift of organs, tissue and eyes.
Each time you go to your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), you will be asked, “do you want to make an anatomical gift?” All you have to do is say “Yes.” You can also join the registry at any time by filling out a “Document of Gift” form from the BMV. For more information, go to www.lifebanc.org and click on the donor registry.
Donor registry information for any state might be obtained from www.donatelife.net.
Sign and carry an organ donor card. This card can be downloaded at: www.organdonor.gov. Let your family members and loved ones know you’d like to be a donor.
You might also want to tell your family healthcare provider, lawyer and religious leader that you’d like to be a donor. Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can benefit as many as 75 others. Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.
83% of patients waiting for a life-saving transplant are waiting for a kidney. As an organ donor, you can save the life of someone who is suffering from a life-threatening disease or someone who was in a serious accident. After your death, you can save lives.
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