Demystifying organ donation after brain death

The THOTR2014 has brought about several changes to streamline the process of declaration of brain death and organ retrieval.
The Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994 first provided for the regulation of removal, storage and transplantation of human organs for therapeutic purposes in India.

Several reasons are often quoted for the low organ donation rate in India. Even though illiteracy and strong religious beliefs are often thought to be responsible, the main reason is lack of awareness not only in the general population but also amongst doctors and paramedical staff.

Myth 1: Brain death is not death

The concept of BD is difficult to understand for a grieving family, especially when the heart can be seen beating on the monitor. Time is at a premium. Brain death is death. Brain death is not reversible. In fact, when BD is declared, the death form is also filled, even though the heart still beats. The ‘Dead Donor Rule’ is always followed in organ donation. Full Story

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