TAMIL NADU

50 persons sign up for body donation

HONOURED: Tamil Nadu Medical Council vice-president M. S. Ashraf, third from left, conferring the awards on Hitendran’s father Dr. Asokan and social activist Neela in Pudukottai.

HONOURED: Tamil Nadu Medical Council vice-president M. S. Ashraf, third from left, conferring the awards on Hitendran’s father Dr. Asokan and social activist Neela in Pudukottai.  

Staff Reporter

“Sacrifice of Hitendran’s parents unparalleled”

Pudukottai: The donation by doctor couple S. Asokan and Pushpanjali of the organs of their son Hitendran has motivated a number of individuals and institutions to create awareness among the masses of the clinical importance of cadaver donation.

This fact came to the light at a function held here on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the Sarvajith Makkal Sevai Trust, a non-governmental organisation.

A special registration of those willing to donate their bodies, which formed the highlight of the function, evoked an overwhelming response. As many as 50 persons, including 15 women, registered their names to donate their bodies.

The function also marked conferment of the title “Manitha Naeya Manbaalargal’ on Dr. Asokan, Dr. Pushpanjali, the founder of ‘Uthira,’ a Chennai-based service organisation; J. Leela; the founder of Sri Mookambigai Medical Trust, Pudukottai, M. Rajendran.

In his felicitation, Trust president S. Ramadoss described the sacrifice of the doctor couple as unparalleled. They had sensitised the masses to the importance of cadaver donation to save the lives of others, he said citing the subsequent donations by a few more bereaved families in the State.

The ‘Uthira’ had taken special efforts for performing the last rites of 88 unclaimed bodies in Chennai. The Mookambigai Medical Trust in Pudukottai has been playing a crucial role for those in need of cardiac surgery.

Trust founder M. Saravanan said that it had buried 19 unclaimed bodies in the district last year. Performing the last rites formed part of honouring human rights.

Indian Medical Association State secretary T.N. Ravichandran and Trust secretary Pon. Karuppiah said that there was a strong case for creating awareness among the masses of cadaver donation.

Conferring the titles, Tamil Nadu Medical Council vice-president M.S. Ashraf said that a single cadaver donation saves the lives of a few people. He appreciated the efforts taken by the Trust in enlisting the names of volunteers for body donation.

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