Pledge Your Heart, This Valentine's Day

India’s organ donation rate is among the lowest in the world and nationally with a population of 1.2 billion the statistics stands at 0.50 per million population.

In India, approximately 50,000 hearts are required for transplants annually as against the availability of 70 hearts. This gap can only be met if more and more Indians pledge to donate.

One organ donor can save up to 8 lives. Join the Pledge Your Heart campaign, which is an initiative in support of organ donation, urging people to take the pledge to donate their hearts this Valentine’s Day.

We at NDTV stand for organ donation, and MOHAN Foundation, one of the pioneer organisation for organ donation in India has lent their support to the initiative. Make this February 14 special, pledge to be a Valentine for a cause and to donate your heart.

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*Disclaimer:This link shall direct you to the MOHAN Foundation website where you can pledge to be organ donors. The role of NDTV is that of a facilitator between the intending donors and MOHAN Foundation, and NDTV is promoting the MOHAN Foundation initiative on a best efforts basis and in good faith. All queries on organ donation should be addressed at toll free number of MOHAN Foundation - 1800 103 7100

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Tamil Nadu Paves The Way For Organ Donation Movement

Organ Donation in Tamil Nadu has been one of the best examples of public-private partnership in the country. And it all started after a 15-year-old boy, Hithendran was declared brain dead and his parents decided to donate his heart. This incident on the outskirts of Chennai gave rise to a movement that increased awareness about heart donation and came to be known as the Hithendran effect.

On September 20, 2008, Hithendran, elder of two sons drove his father's bike to visit a friend. "I told him to wear a helmet, but he sped off," says his mother Dr Pushpanjali. The next time she saw him was at the hospital with several injuries. The doctor said he was brain dead. She adds, "My husband and I are doctors, we knew what that meant. He wouldn't wake up again but I prayed and we waited for a miracle for three days." Her voice wavered and eyes got teary. "But somewhere someone is alive because of my Hithu and the decision we made. I urge people to come forth and pledge their organs," Ashokan, Hithendran's father adds. Pledge Now to donate your organs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) ABOUT ORGAN DONATION

Why should I become an Organ Donor?
How does Organ Donation help patients with organ failure?
How do families of deceased donors cope with their loss?
What organs and tissues can be donated?
Who can become an organ donor?
What is the value of carrying a donor card when the decision to donate rests with the family after my death?
If the hospital knows that I have pledged my organs, will it adversely affect my treatment?
In India why is the family so important in case of organ donation?
Will my family have to pay for the donation?
How does my age and health affect organ donation?
Why do I need to tell my family of my decision if I have already recorded my wish to become a donor?
Can I sell my organs?
What is the importance of a donor registry?

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