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Organ Donation must become a national movement: Gautam Gambhir
Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Apollo Hospitals & Gautam Gambhir pledge to spread Awareness for Organ Donation
  • We must make sure than no citizen dies for want of an organ in our country: Dr. Prathap C. Reddy
  • Hospital staff take organ donation pledge wlong with Gautam Gambhir

Common Myths:

  • Only heart, liver & kidneys can be transplanted
  • I have a medical condition, so I can't be a donor
  • Organ donation disfigures the body and changes the way it looks in a casket
  • Organ donation is against the religion
  • My religion prohibits organ donation
  • Rich or famous people on the waiting list get organs faster

Common Facts

  • Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history
  • Any organ or tissue donation can only be considered after brain death
  • There is no cost to the donor or their family for organ or tissue donation
  • There is no religious restriction on organ donation

12th August 2017, New Delhi: Apollo Hospitals, in association and Test cricketer and Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Gautam Gambhir came together on the occasion of Organ Donation Day to encourage people to take a pledge for donating organs to save countless lives. This public awareness initiative aims to bring together information and awareness on the issue of organ donation.

Under the aegis of Gift A Life (www.GiftALife.net),a unique initiative of the Apollo Group, awareness on organ donation amongst a wide stakeholder base has been undertaken since 2012.

Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Founder Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group stated, “The unavailability of organs presents a societal challenge to all of us. Thousands of lives that could have otherwise been saved are lost due to a lack of organs. I dream of a day when not a single citizen dies for a want of an organ. We can make this happen and I thank Gautam for his support towrads this nobel initiative.”

Dr. Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director and Senior Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospitals Group said “We are thankful to Gautam Gambhir for supporting Gift A Life. Organ donation can save lives of patients and profundly impact their families across the country. We witness very low rates of organ donation in our country, which is a cause for dismay amongst the medical fraternity. While we at Apollo are doing our utmost to create awareness, the community as a whole, including social, civic and religious leaders must come forth to make oirgan donation acceptable and an imperative.”

Dr K Hariprasad, President, - Hospitals Division, Apollo Hospiatals, said “In India, finding a donor is a difficult task and this challenge is compounded by lack of awareness. The demand for organ is outstripping the organ supply and this gap is increasing. Though the organ donation rate in the country has increased ten-fold in the past few years, yet more awareness needs to be created and we have a long way to go”

Staff members of Apollo Hospital also took pledge to donate their organs along with Gautam Gambhir. They also urged everyone to make the decision to donate their organ. Gautam Gambhir also appealedto the media to create awareness about organ donation and saving precious lives.

Mr. Jaideep Gupta, Managing Director, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi stated that, “Every year almost 5 lakh people die in India due to non-availability of organs. Nearly 1.5 lakh people are in dire need of kidney but only 3 thousand of them receive one. Vital organs such as the heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and lungs can be transplanted to those whose organs are failing. A single donor can save eight lives by donating the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and small bowel.”

Gautam Gambhir also encouraged people to pledge for their organ donation, as the same can save many lives. Speaking on the occasion, Gautam Gambhir, legendary Cricketer and Captain of Kolkata Knight Riders said “I am extremely humbled to be a part of this drive. Organ donation is an egalitarian and a moral act. Thousands die every year for want of organs and I feel that this initiative will bridge the gap by spreading awareness in the society. Organ donation in India is not very common as compared to the developed nations, hence a lot of awareness needs to be created in society at large. I feel fortunate to able to help for this cause. I encourage our youth to use their social networks, the social media and their social consciousness to make organ donation a mass movement.”

Organ Donation must become a national movement
Organ Donation must become a national movement
Organ Donation must become a national movement
Organ Donation must become a national movement
Organ Donation must become a national movement
Organ Donation must become a national movement