He had just received his first posting with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and with dreams to serve the nation; he had already decided his goals. But his hopes were short-lived, as this 22-year-old died in a road accident last week in Dwarka area, New Delhi.
Though he could not serve the nation while alive, Roshan became the saviour for half a dozen families. Roshan Kumar had come to New Delhi to visit his relatives where he met with an accident and passed away. However, six of his vital organs became lifesavers for transplant patients at hospitals in New Delhi.
Gap in Demand and Supply of organs
Looking at any statistics related to organ donations paints a very grim picture. Many people are unwilling to donate relatives’ organs due to some religious belief or because of the lack of awareness. There are numerous challenges as it is often difficult for family members to accept their loved ones as brain dead, so it is difficult for the doctors to convince the family members to donate the organs. Many times, religious superstitions become impediments, and in a country with a population of more than one billion, India has very less number of organ donors.
As reported by India today, the government data reveals that about two lakh people are on the waiting list for Kidneys and 30,000 for livers. The legal donations meet up to 3 to 5 percent of the demand.
Couldn’t serve nation but became a saviour for six people
Roshan who belonged to an army background was brought up by his uncle. His parents died when he was just one-year-old. Since childhood, he had an aspiration to be a soldier and serve the country. He had worked hard for it, and at the time when his dream was about to become a reality, Roshan couldn’t reach the border.
Roshan was on his foot when a speeding bike hit him and fell. Roshan received a serious brain injury and immediately admitted to a hospital in Dwarka. From there, a team of doctors referred the case to Safdarjung, where experts were called to work in the emergency case.
Roshan was declared brain dead, and his family members agreed to donate the organs to fulfil his only wish to serve the nation. The team from National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) and Safdarjung Hospital started the procedure of the organ retrieval.
Potential organs like eyes, kidney, heart, liver and intestine were procured which gave a new life to six patients. Two of the people got eyes, and one patient at AIIMS received a heart. Two patients got kidneys; one got a liver and intestines were sent to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana.
The Logical Indian salutes late Roshan and hopes this article caters awareness about organ donation in our country. There are many misconceptions and myths concerning organ donation which discourage potential donors from donating their organs, but in reality, donating your organs can save many lives.