Published on Thursday, January 10, 2013
Organ donation: the gift of life — Father Davis Chiramel
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In today’s world the greatest deed a mankind can do is donating their organs, said Fr, Davis Chirammel. People should come forward irrespective of the cast, creed or nationality for the noble cause, he said. He was talking to IndiansinKuwait.com during his short visit to Kuwait.

Father Davis Chiramel, to whom the media all over the world has rendered the title as ‘kidney priest’ was here to receive the award presented to him by Kuwait Sero Malabar Cultural Association.

Father Chiramel, founder of Kidney Federation of India, initiated a mass movement in India by donating his own kidney to a patient. Federation now aims to promote kidney donation and raise funds to help patients who cannot afford dialysis for transplants.

“Awareness on organ donation is what will create a revolution in this regard, Kidney rackets would die out if organ donation policies of the government are implemented in the most practical and transparent manner", said Father Davis Chiramel, who has donated one of his kidneys. He is now on a mission to make awareness about Cadaver Organ Donation, which is donating viable organs from those who have passed away, then transplanting them into a living patient who needs it. Soon after a patient dies, if she is registered as an organ donor, her organs are immediately harvested. The harvested organs are then kept cold to delay the natural decaying process.

India sees hundreds of deaths due to road accidents every day. If the families of the brain dead are counseled and made aware about cadaver donation, it will save at least 8-10 lives a day, experts says, said Father Chiramel. In a recent incident in Delhi, family which lost a 21-year-old son in an accident has bravely donated 34 of his organs to the needy people, which in turn gave fresh life to 34 people. Once a patient is declared brain dead, more than 37 different organs and tissues can be harvested including heart, kidney, lung, liver and pancreas among others.

Individuals own permission alone doesn’t permit transplanting his organ after death. All his family members should agree for this noble cause after the death. For this, we need a mass awareness about this, father said. It was in 2009 Father donated his kidney and resulted in the formation of Kidney Federation of India. Later on, prominent business man and director of V-Guard group Mr. Kochouseph Chittilappalli also became part of this.

“Almost all people including highly educated ones are afraid of donating their kidney fearing a shortening of their life span” says Father Chiramel. First and foremost thing of KFI was to wipe out the unnecessary fear and misconceptions among the public about kidney donation.

Father Davis Chiramel is planning to conduct such awareness campaign among the NRIs. He is planning to make more such awareness campaigns in Kuwait in association with various NRI Associations in the coming days. He requests all NRIs in Kuwait to be a part of this great movement.

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mzzm
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013
Many Christians may fail to donate organs because of the idea that a total body will be necessary at the resurrection. This concern is addressed in an editorial by Carroll Simcox entitled The Case of the Missing Liver. In arguing for the permissibility of organ donation, Simcox includes the teachings of Paul concerning the resurrected body. A proper understanding of 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 teaches a tremendous difference between the physical body at death, which may be buried or disposed of in various ways, and the spiritual body of the resurrection. If the end-time resurrection of our bodies means simply the reoccupation of the previous body, then the entire doctrine of resurrection presented in the Bible is erroneous.
Paul uses the analogy of the difference between a seed and the product of that seed to illustrate the difference between the earthly body and the resurrected body. What is planted is not the same as the end product of the seed. Neither is the physical body the same as the future spiritual body. The fact that Jesus' recognizable resurrected body was similar to his crucified and buried body supports an argument against organ donation. Jesus' resurrected body bore scars from crucifixion

MZZM
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013
Shariah Rulings
1) It is permitted to transplant or graft an organ from one place of a person’s body to another, so long as one is careful to ascertain that the benefits of this operation outweigh any harm that may result from it, and on the condition that this is done to replace something that has been lost, or to restore its appearance or regular function, or to correct some fault or disfigurement which is causing physical or psychological distress.
2) It is permitted to transplant an organ from one person’s body to another, if it is an organ that can regenerate itself, such as skin and blood, provided that the donor is mature and fully understands what he is doing, and that all the other relevant shariah conditions are met.
3) It is permitted to use part of an organ that has been removed from the body because of illness to benefit another person, such as using the cornea of an eye removed because of illness.
4) It is unlawful (haram) to transplant or use an organ on which life depends, such as taking a heart from a living person to transplant into another person.
5) It is unlawful (haram) to take an organ from a living person when doing so could impair an essential and vital function in his body, even though his life itself may not be under threat, such as removing the corneas of both eyes. However, removing organs which will lead to only partial impairment is a matter which is still under scholarly discussion, as is mentioned in resolution 8.
6) It is permitted to transplant an organ from a dead person to a living person when his life depends on receiving that organ, or when vital functions of his body are otherwise impaired, on the condition that permission is given either by the person before his death or by his heirs, or by the leader of the Muslims in cases where the dead person’s identity is unknown or he has no heirs.
7) Care should be taken to ensure that in all of the above situations where transplantation is per

santhosh Joseph
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013
I am happy to hear that a lot of people are being made aware about the Organ donation campaign.Undefinitly it is one of the noblest deeds which has been undertaken.I wish all the best for this cause.let your campaign make changes in millions of peoples heart
Dsouza
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013
Nice to hear, hard to follow
Zameer
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013
I am all for it.... Plz let me know, if I can sign a pledge or get a organ donation membership. I haven't yet gathered a courage to donate my kidney but I would certainly want to put every part of my body to a good use, be it to some other needy or be it to a medical college. I am ON for any further programme You want to do father Chiramel.... I am also ON, if there is any other group or organization doing the same. God bless to all these sort of ppl and organizations who are working for this nobel cause.


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