Kochi

Pledging to share the gift of life through death

Compassion without compulsion brings the best results. And the Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar, is perhaps aiming to achieve that when it comes to organ donation.

Compassion without compulsion brings the best results. And the Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar, is perhaps aiming to achieve that when it comes to organ donation. Decision to donate organs by relatives of people who are certified brain dead has to happen voluntarily, he said.

Inaugurating the tenth anniversary of liver transplantation at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences on Tuesday, Mr. Sivakumar said it will become great blessings for the people who are waiting for such benevolent actions.

The State reports around 4,000 brain dead people due to injuries sustained during accidents a year. Only when the relatives come forward to donate organs, it would give patients a chance for survival, Mr. Sivakumar said. In Amrita alone, there have been 325 liver transplants in the last ten years.

The State, which has a co-ordination committee for organ donation through Kerala Network for Organ Sharing — Mrithasanjeevani, has managed to facilitate 186 major organ donations in the last two years.

Actor Mohanlal, chief guest on the occasion, who has pledged his own organs for donation, reiterated that organ donation will encourage more people to think on such lines. He had supported the organ donation movement by Amrita through a documentary titled Oru Kanivinte Ormakkay.

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