How often do we talk about doing and promoting good in society, giving it back whenever and wherever possible but how many of us actually do it because it is easier said than done, right? We really appreciate others when the dead person’s organs are donated before cremation or burial. Donating organs after death costs you nothing but may save more than one life.
The process to donate an organ is very easy, you just need to fill out the online pledge form and the hospital or organisation will send you a donor card with your unique government registration number. All pledges are registered with the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Registering as an Organ donor is merely an expression of your intent to be an Organ donor. This card doesn’t carry any legal weight but it’s a good way to show your intent and this enables your family to carry out your last wishes.
But Section 3(2) of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994 clearly states that if any donor any time before his/her death, in writing and in presence of the two witnesses (one of them is a near relative) authorises the removal of any human organ of his/her body to be used for therapeutic purposes including transplantation, the person in lawful possession of such dead body shall facilitate the registered medical practitioner for the removal of such organs from the body of the donor unless such person has any other reasons to believe to not donate the organs of the deceased. Therefore, legally there is a way out to do this.
How to do?
Step 1: Always and always discuss it with your family because you’ll have no control over it once you pass away. This will enable them to fulfill your last wishes.
Step 2: Once you have discussed it with your family, mention organ donation in your Will because a Will covers all your last wishes from how you want your property to be distributed to how you want to execute your last rites. And as per the above-mentioned law, if any interested person does it in writing following the legal formalities, your last wish will be then surely executed and writing a Will is one efficient way to do that.
Step 3: Ask your lawyer to write every possible detail regarding your organ donation after your death and inform your children or any other trusted person like the executor of your Will.
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