Frontier Lifeline Hospital Celebrates World Organ Donation Day
Chennai, 23rd August 2018: Witnessing the huge shortage of organs in India and in a bid to create more awareness related to organ donation, Frontier Lifeline Hospital and Dr. K. M. Cherian Heart Foundation celebrated World Organ Donation Day at Chennai Public School Auditorium, Anna Nagar. ‘Give someone a second chance’ was the theme of this year’s celebration.
The august ceremony began with lighting of the lamp by chief guest Dr Kanthimathy, Member Secretary Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu and Dr. K M Cherian, Chairman and CEO of Frontier Lifeline Hospital.
Highlighting the importance of organ donation, Dr. K M Cherian, Chairman and CEO of Frontier Lifeline Hospital said “Thousands have lost their lives because of the lack of a suitable organ donor. People are aware of the organ donation but more awareness is needed so that each and every person pledges to donate organs. To put an end to such avoidable trauma, we at Frontier Lifeline Hospital organized this gathering to build awareness and encourage individuals to come forward donate for a cause. I also take this opportunity to thank the Chennai Public School principal, staff and students for their support”
Speaking at the function, Dr Kanthimathy, Member Secretary Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu said “It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of this celebration and supporting this cause. There are myths and there is lack of awareness among people about organ donation, because of which a whole segment of population does not donate. The organ donation awareness campaign should be in the form of a celebration, we need to highlight and a spread the word for donating vital organs after a person is declared brain dead. By this event we want to create awareness among the masses by which a whole family will be aware about the noble cause”.
Promoting the initiative, Ms. Reena Raju, who underwent transplantation twice, in 2009 and 2017 at Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai said, “Around the clock, organ is a critical demand for every patients and I feel everyone must support this cause. This event aims at bridging the wide gap in the number of patients needing organ transplant and availability of organs and I would like to urge all the people to spread awareness about the cause of Organ Donation”.
The program came to an end by a special musical show performed by play back singer Ms. Swetha Mohan with a vote of thanks by Dr. Sanjay Cherian, Vice President and Cardiac surgeon at Frontier Lifeline Hospitals (Dr. K. M. Cherian Heart Foundation).