Despite being a common practice worldwide, organs donation is still rare in Nigeria. Why? It’s all ignorance, says Acting Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Prof Christopher Bode. According to him, most patients often rely on family members to come to their aid or travel to countries, such as Malaysia and India in search of donors.
This, he said, is a serious concern to medical experts, appealing to Nigerians to support the sick in times of need.
There is nothing wrong with helping those in need, he said, adding that people can tell their relatives to donate their other organs when they are dead. “It is charitable,” he said. Besides, they would have helped humanity by so doing, Bode added The paediatrics surgeon said such act would save lives and restore hope to the hopeless.
Apollo Hospitals, India said organ donation is necessary to save lives. Its founder, Dr Prathap Reddy, said the hospitals harvested 23 different organs from five brain dead donors in a day. This is the first ever, he added. In a unique coincidence, he said, five grieving families agreed to donate the organs of their beloved brain dead relatives. “This is a remarkable act of humanity in the toughest situation setting a record for the maximum number of organs harvested in a day,” he said, adding that the hospital was able to conduct 10 transplants in a day.
Describing the occasion, he said, it is a case of extreme kindness displayed by five strong families who came forward to donate the organs of their loved ones. By the way, on the same evening, 23 people got a fresh lease of life with the transplants, he added. Dr Reddy said:“Today, these well-meaning families have helped give people in end-stage organ failure, a second chance to live. The act will inspire more people to donate organs. It takes an extreme sense of human kindness and an elevated sense of social responsibility from families to help hospitals and doctors to give a fresh lease of life to those in need. Human life is priceless, and when an individual’s life can give life and hope to so many others in need, it is truly priceless.”