My daughter may not be alive today but I can feel her presence in others: donor's mother
More than the grief of losing their beloved, the 11 families, who were honoured for donating organs of their deceased ones to needy patients, found solace in the fact that their sacrifice had given a fresh lease of life to others.
“My daughter may not be alive today but I can feel her presence in others, who have received her organs,” said Uma Shanker, mother of Samagna Shanker, who passed away in 2010.
Recognising the contribution of Shanker’s family, Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation felicitated them along with 10 other families, who supported organ donation, in a special programme here on Friday.
Former Test Cricketer V.V.S Laxman was the chief guest and Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyer Swamiji was special guest on the occasion.
“People have a false notion that they would be born without organs in the next birth, if they donated their organs this birth. Many saints and kings in the past have donated their organs for a noble cause,” said Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji.
On the occasion, a 20-minute film on “Public education film on organ donation” was released to create awareness among people. MOHAN Foundation has been working since 1997 to educate people about the need for organ donation.
Operating in seven cities in the country, the foundation has been instrumental in distributing over 3,000 organs and tissues across the country. In Andhra Pradesh, more than 800 organs and tissues were distributed since 2002, the foundation claimed.
Foundation Managing Trustee Dr. Sunil Shroff, country Director Lalitha Raghuram, trustee Dr. Ravindranath, Mr. Laxman and others also spoke on the occasion.