15 Mar, Gangtok : 50 year old Anil Srivatsa is a man on a mission. He has crossed 40 countries and covered more than 70,000 km with the mission to create awareness on organ donation.
An organ donor himself, Srivatsa has been travelling across the globe making people understand the value of organ donation.
The former CEO of Kings XI Punjab IPL cricket team, he donated his kidney to his elder brother three years ago. The incident completely changed his life.
“I donated my kidney to my brother. I realised the value of the donation and how this changed his life. I also found that people were afraid to donate organs. The fear came from ignorance. I made it my mission to create awareness on the issue, so that more people would donate organs,” Srivatsa said while addressing the media here today.
He and his foundation, the Gift of Life Adventure Foundation has taken the initiative to clear the confusion and fear related to organ donation.
“I am trying to show people that I am living on one kidney, and I am living as active a life as I did before. So don’t be afraid to save a life in your home,” he said.
Srivatsa further informed that his GOLA Foundation has also developed an app called the ‘Million Donor Project’ which automatically sends message informing the user’s family members when they choose to sign up for organ donation.
“The app is only meant to break the ice at home, as a lot of people don’t know how to approach the subject. The aim of the ‘Million Donor Project’ is to start a million conversations at homes,” he informed.
“Simply signing up a form for donation does not ensure that a person’s organs will be donated after his or her death. In India, consent of the nearest relative is required for a hospital to obtain organs from a body. This can be a major roadblock in organ donation, as relatives are often uncomfortable about allowing the organs to be harvested. Apart from that, age old superstition and myths also prevent people from donating organs. I want to be an example and dispel those fears,” he said.
Srivatsa is also a Guinness World Record holder for the largest organ donation awareness lesson. He will leave for Darjeeling tomorrow