AKSH EYE & ORGAN DONATION CAMPAIGN
VRN is stepping forward to another important social awareness campaign.
We see many people walking on the roads with the help of sticks but not with the help of their eyes. Did you ever think of them? otherwise close your eyes and imagine you have not seen ever since the world and yourself. You will not have an idea with what it looks like when you only feel it. Eyes are very important for the human body. It helps the human body to do its tasks with coordination. Without it, a man won't be able to see the beauty of this wonderful world. Eyes are the windows of the soul. Without eyes, the five basic senses would not be complete.
Imagine a person without eyes..!! Can they see the beauty of the world..?? Can we help them..??
YES !! WE CAN HELP THEM BY DONATING OUR EYES.
And one such Initiative of our VRN is AKSH.
The main agenda of AKSH is to make people to know about eye donation and to register the interested people who are willing to donate eyes & other organs after death.
The members who are interested need to inform and discuss with their family members before registering their names.The eyes which are being donated will be removed only after their death and are donated to the blind people to see this beautiful world.
First of all, Lets understand how blindness occurs and what are it's causes?
Blindness occurs mainly due to damage of cornea.This cornea can get damaged through accidents. while,children, while playing with sharp objects (e.g. bows and arrows ,pen, pencil, etc.) can accidentally damage their cornea. Corneal blindness can also happen to elders. Some of the industrial causes are chemical bums, flying debris or road accidents. The cornea can get damaged due to infections and malnutrition as well.
Is there any cure for this?
Yes, We can remove the damaged cornea and replace it with a healthy cornea by surgery which can cure corneal blindness. Till date the treatment of the corneally blind people is corneal grafting. Artificial corneas have not yet been developed and hence the only source for cornea is from our fellow human beings by donation.
What are the precautions to be taken soon after donate persons death?
Switch off fans and switch on Air conditioner (if available). Raise the head of the deceased slightly by placing a pillow underneath. Place wet clean cloth over the closed eye lids. Please ensure that the eyelids are properly closed. Keep a copy of the death certificate ready (if available). Contact the nearest eye bank as quickly as possible.Give the correct address with specific landmarks or famous name of our area and mobile and residenc number to enable the team of eye bank for locating the house easily.Give alternate cell number of any available relatives also.The eye bank team, which would have a trained technician and/or a registered medical practitioner, would remove the eyes after taking consent on a printed form in the presence of two witnesses and also take A small quantity of blood sample will be drawn to rule out communicable diseases.
They may arise many doubts in our mind like if i donate organs,I will be born without them in my next birth..!!
This is not true. When the body is cremated, the entire body is consigned to flames and destroyed by fire. The only element not destroyed is the soul. The physical body does not survive death anyway, so the organs hold no relevance in rebirth as they are destructible. It is the everlasting soul that is reborn.
Do the dead person face gets disfigured after donation?
No the donor’s body is clothed for cremation, so there are no visible signs of donation. After eye donation, an artificial eye is inserted, the eyelids are closed, and no one can notice any difference. After bone donation, a rod is inserted where the bone has been removed. With skin donation, a very thin layer of skin similar to a sunburn peel is taken from the donor’s back. Again, because the donor is clothed, nothing is noticeable.
IMPORTANT FACTS RELATED TO EYE DONATION:
1. 1 Donation = 2 People getting eyesight. TWOCorneal blind persons can get sight due to a single person's eye donation.
2. Persons of any Age/Sex can donate their eyes.
3. Persons who have undergone surgery for Cataract, Glaucoma or using Spectacles can also pledge to donate their eyes.
4. Eyes should be donated preferably within SIX hours after the death.
5. Nobody is charged for making eye donation. The only cost to encounter is one local telephone call.
6. Face will NOT get disfigured after eye donation. As per the new procedures, only Cornea portion is removed and hence face disfigurement does not happen.
7. Immediate family members or relatives can donate the eyes of the deceased even if the deceased had not pledged for eye donation during his/her life time.
APART FROM EYES THE ORGANS WHICH CAN BE DONATED:
Heart - A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body. A heart transplant can be used to help those suffering from heart failure, as well as babies born with heart defects.
Liver - A large organ that secretes bile and is active in the formation of certain blood proteins and in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Liver transplants may be used to treat various conditions which cause liver failure, such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Kidneys - A pair of organs that maintain proper water and electrolyte balance, regulate acid-base concentration, and filter the blood of metabolic waste, which is excreted as urine. The kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organ. A kidney transplant may be recommended for those who have been diagnosed with chronic end stage renal disease (severe kidney failure).
Lungs - A pair of two spongy organs that remove carbon dioxide from the blood and provide it with oxygen. Lung transplants are recommended for those with severe lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema.
Pancreas - Long, irregularly shaped gland which lies behind the stomach and aids in the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Pancreatic transplants are indicated for those with insulin-dependent Type I diabetes.
Intestines - The portion of the digestive tract extending from the stomach to the anus, consisting of upper and lower segments. Patients qualify for intestine transplants if they have been diagnosed with life-threatening intestinal diseases such as total parenteral nutrition or short-gut syndrome
The following tissues can be donated as well:
Cornea - The outer curved transparent tissues covering the iris and pupils on the outside of the eye. Cornea transplants are a common procedure used to restore vision for those with eye diseases and corneal infections.
Skin - A tissue which protects the body from infection and injury. Skin transplants, referred to as skin grafts, are used to treat severe burns, extensive wounding and skin loss due to infection.
Heart Valves - Tissues that prevent the back flow of blood into the heart. Heart valve transplants are used to treat malfunctioning heart valves caused by infections, birth defects and aging.
Tendons - Tissues which attach muscles to bones. Tendon transplants are recommended for patients who have lost muscle function and due to nerve injury or damage to tendons