Dr Tom Cherian with donors Deva Kumari, Bhargavi, Madhavi Latha, and Swathi.
Hyderabad: Organ donation is a great initiative, and this International Women’s Day, many women in Hyderabad stand as brave soldiers as they turn organ donors.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Dr. Tom Cherian, senior liver specialist and transplant surgeon, founder of South Asian Liver Institute, Hyderabad, praised the bravery and selflessness of female organ donors. He urged people to appreciate their contributions, as well as work towards making organ donation more accessible for those in need.
South Asian Liver Institute, Hyderabad, paid tribute to the courage and sacrifices of women who donate parts of their organs, liver or kidneys, to their family members in need. These women are known as living donors and their actions have saved countless lives.
The institute honoured these women and recognised them as true heroes. “Women are the ones who manage to pull their families through one of the biggest crises that anyone can imagine,” said Professor Dr. Tom Cherian.
He pointed out that these women face enormous challenges, including the stress of being a donor, having a loved one critically ill, and arranging various mandatory paraphernalia that goes with such a complex operation, from certifications to finances. “The strength behind these women is amazing, and they deserve our respect and utmost gratitude,” he added.
Speaking about organ donation, the doctor said there is a shortage of organ donors for people who need liver transplants, and this is partly due to fear among potential donors. “If every cadaver donor who is brain stem dead in India were to donate their organs, there would be enough organs to meet the demand for liver transplants. It’s important to address the fear around organ donation and encourage more people to consider becoming donors,” he said.
The beauty of liver transplantation
One of the advantages of liver transplantation is the liver’s ability to regenerate, which means that a smaller portion of the liver can be donated and the remaining liver will regrow. This procedure can be life-saving for people with liver failure or other liver diseases. However, there is a shortage of donor organs, so it’s important for people to understand the importance of organ donation and consider becoming a donor.