Give your heart away: India learnt to donate blood, it must do the same with liver, kidneys, lungs and heart

August 8, 2014 8:44 AM

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Give your heart away: India learnt to donate blood, it must do the same with liver, kidneys, lungs and heart

Thirty-five years ago many patients used to buy blood because of a shortage of voluntary donors. Today, nearly all the blood used across India is received as replacement blood from relatives and as altruistic donations.

If attitudes can change to this extent for blood donation, the future could be just as bright for deceased-organ donation for transplants that could save thousands of lives — mainly young people dying from failure of liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. The key is to educate the public, and even some do...

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