New Delhi , August 14 : Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, in association and cricketer Gautam Gambhir, came together on the occasion of World 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.

"Gift A Life" is a unique initiative of the Apollo Institute of Transplants to encourage people to pledge their organs and save countless lives in the process.

Gautam Gambhir also encouraged people to pledge for their organ donation, as the same can save many lives. The gathering also witnessed presence of organ recipients who were given a new lease of life through cadaver organ donations.

Speaking on the occasion, Gautam Gambhir, cricketer and ex India captain 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.

Dr Neerav Goyal, Senior Consultant - Liver Transplant, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals 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"

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

Every year almost five lakh people die in India due to non-availability of organs. Nearly 1.5 lakh people are in dire need of kidney but only three 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.

(Posted on 14 August 2017, 1695753492 3O239O59O31)