New Delhi, Sept. 3: Trinamul leader Derek O’Brien today appealed to parliamentarians to pledge their bodies to be used after death to save the lives of people in need of organs.
During Zero Hour, O’Brien said India has one of the worst records when it comes to human organ donation. Patients needing kidney transplants rise by three lakh every year. An equal number suffer from failure of the liver, heart, lungs or intestines, he added.
“Worse, however, is the failure to offer these patients a simple cure: an organ transplant,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
He harped on the need to spread the awareness that organs can be transferred from cadavers between four and 16 hours after death.
“From each body, one can get as many as 34 organs or tissues… to change 34 people’s lives.”
In Bengal, 10 lakh people, including former chief ministers, have pledged their bodies.
“What better way to spread awareness than to mention this on the floor of Parliament. My appeal... is to all members of Parliament. I know all of us want to be remembered in our lifetime. Fair enough. But if we pledge our bodies for use after death, 34 of these organs and tissues can be put to use,” he said.
Members from across party lines supported the idea.