Srinagar: A 56-year-old man from downtown Srinagar has come forward to become the first organ donor in Kashmir.
Showkat Ahmad Zarabi, of Botashah Mohalla, Lal Bazaar, a goldsmith by profession, registered with the SKIMS on Friday for organ donation.
“He got motivated to donate his organs after hearing about cadaveric transplantation in the media,” a SKIMS spokesperson said in a handout.
“I want to donate my organs after my death to save precious life. It will be my biggest contribution towards humanity which is above all religion,” the handout quoted Zarabi as saying.
Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or an organ of the human body, from a living or dead person to a living recipient in need of a transplantation. Transplantable organs and tissues are removed in a surgical procedure following a determination, based on the donor’s medical and social history, of which are suitable for transplantation.
Zarabi said he saw a programme on the television about cadaveric transplantation in which Dr. Khursheed Banday from SKIMS explained what cadaveric transplantation is and its need in Kashmir.
“(It) inspired me and I approached SKIMS and expressed my desire to donate my organs after death. I also appeal other people to donate (organs) to save precious life,” Zarabi said.
Director, SKIMS, Dr. Showkat A. Zargar has appreciated the move and assured full cooperation and support to donors. “People are coming forward in the backdrop of massive awareness campaign launched by SKIMS on cadaveric transplantation,” he said.
Dr. Khursheed Banday, professor of the SKIMS’s Nephrology department said the Institute issues donor cards to those willing to donate their organs after proper medical examination.
“We have evolved a proper mechanism for this to facilitate such patients,” Dr Banday said.