Wed. May 12th, 2021


Nation, Rajasthan get first organ donor memorialJAIPUR: The work on country’s first memorial for organ donors has entered the final stages near Central Park on SMS Hospital Road in the city. To be inaugurated by chief minister Ashok Gehlot on the National Organ Donation Day through virtual platform on November 27, it acknowledges the contribution of organ donors.

The names of donors, whose organs saved the lives of 120 people not only in Rajasthan but also in Delhi and Mumbai, will be etched on the memorial.

The structure, which celebrates the precious souls from the state who donated their organs, is in the form of a sculpture inspired by Jaipur’s iconic Jantar Mantar. It portrays life looking at cosmic heavens in gratitude, compassion and love.

It is being built jointly by the Mohan Foundation Jaipur Cultural Forum (MFJCF) and Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). “The organ donors’ memorial will keep encouraging people on the theme of ‘ek khamoshi-anek muskaan, aaokarein angdaan’, for organ donation,” said Rajiv Arora, founder chairman, MFJCF.

The state has come a long way after the first cadaver donation in 2015. Since then, 38 families have donated organs of their near and dear ones after being declared brain dead.

Majority of them were road accident victims, who remained unconscious during treatment at hospitals and were later declared brain dead. The counsellors in hospitals and NGOs encouraged the families to donate organs.

“The memorial will send a message that don’t take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows they are needed on earth,” said Bhavna Jagwani, convenor, MFJCF.

With the cadaver organ donations from the state, over 120 people have been given a new lease of life.

The organisation’s founder trustee, Anil Bakshi, said that it has the names of all donors. Mohit, a resident of Alwar, was the first who donated his organs in 2015.

“We wait in line at the grocery store, at doctor’s clinic, but nothing is quite like waiting for a lifesaving organ. You can help by registering as an eye and tissue donor today,” said Govind Gurbani, member, MFJCF.





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