Organ donation: the gift of life — Father Davis Chiramel

IIK; Photo: Anwar Sadath Thalassery
Thursday, January 10, 2013

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. on-their-husbands.aspx">open women who love to cheat


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