In India, the current organ donation rate is 0.26 donors per million population as compared to more than 30 donors per million in some western countries. There is serious shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number people waiting for transplants is ever increasing. This is where you can help by pledging to donate your organs.
Head injury, stroke, brain tumour or other serious illnesses may result in irreversible damage to the brain with cessation of brain stem function, even as the heart continues to beat for some time. Such a patient is termed brain dead. Even though the heart is beating, a brain dead person is medically and legally dead and cannot recover.
No. Once the heart stops beating, blood supply to vital organs is cut off and donation is not possible. However, several tissues like the heart valves, eardrums, bones, menisci, tendons and skin can still be donated up to a few hours after normal death.