Celebrating the Gift of Life: Apollo Honors Organ Donors on Valentine’s Day

Apollo Hospitals, Delhi held a special felicitation celebration with more than 60-70 patient families having undergone a transplant

Event highlighted the sacrifice made by spouses, relatives and near ones to save the life of a loved one

As the world celebrated Valentine’s Day, the day of love and togetherness, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals organized, a unique event to celebrate the essence of the day. While some shower gifts to their loved ones, others offer something more priceless. The donation of an organ – the proverbial gift of life – was celebrated with doctors, patients, donors and loved ones celebrating sacrifice and eternal love at the event.

More than 70 families, each of whom having experienced an organ transplant as a donor or recipient, gathered to mark Valentine’s Day as they thanked, celebrated and expressed gratitude for a new lease of life. They celebrated their stories of courage, hope and grit. The ups and downs in their lives seemed familiar to each other. They empathized with the emotional and physical challenges that their lives had been through. Through this though, they ultimately celebrated their triumphs, their lives and their collective futures.

Mr. P Shivakumar, Managing Director, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said, “We are honored to have touched so many lives through our transplant program. We are indeed fortunate to be the via media to ensure individuals and families get another shot at life, each of which is precious. Through this event, we would like to reiterate the need for more people to become organ donors in our country. While donation rates have increased, more awareness and action – civic and at the level of the individual is needed for India to become sufficient to take care of the disease burden of end stage organ failure.

Dr. Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said, “On this special day organ donation is the greatest donation one can make. We recognize the bond of love that has been strengthened even more between the donor and recipient. Through this event, we aim to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and the urgent need to increase the number of organ donors in the country to meet the requirements as not everyone has a loved one who can donate a kidney or a part of the liver.”

Dr. Sandeep Guleria, Sr. Consultant Surgeon, Kidney Transplantation, said, “Transplant surgeries saves many lives but many times due to lack of donors, precious lives are lost. For every one million people, only 200 organ donors are available in the country. This makes organ donation rates one of the lowest in India. We celebrate the religious and charitable donations. Similarly, we also need to instill in the community the spirit of enthusiasm to come forward and pledge to donate organs. This event is a step in this direction.”

Dr. Neerav Goyal, Sr. Consultant Surgeon, Liver Transplantation, said, “Most transplants, especially liver transplants, occur between family members because of lack of deceased donors and sometimes also due to close genetic linkage. Through this event, on Valentine’s Day, we wish to celebrate the spirit of love for family and humanity which helps in saving countless lives through organ donation.

About Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals

Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, India’s first JCI accredited hospital, is a joint venture between the Government of Delhi and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited. Commissioned in July 1996, it is the third super-specialty tertiary care hospital set up by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Spread over 15 acres, it houses 57 specialties with more than 300 specialists and more than 700 operational beds, 19 operation theatres, 138 ICU beds, round-the-clock pharmacy, NABL accredited laboratories, 24-hour emergency services and an active air ambulance service. Apollo Hospitals Delhi has the leading programme in kidney and liver transplant in the country. The first successful paediatrics and adult liver transplants in India were performed at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. The hospital is at the forefront of medical technology and expertise. It provides a complete range of latest diagnostic, medical and surgical facilities for the care of its patients. The Hospital has introduced the most sophisticated imaging technology to India with the introduction of 64 slice CT and 3 Tesla MRI, Novalis Tx and the integrated PET Suite. Indraprastha Apollo has also pioneered the concept of preventive health check programmes and has created a satisfied customer base over decades. The Hospital has been consistently ranked amongst the best 10 hospitals in India by The Week survey for the past few years.

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