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How ‘an eye for an eye’ has turned noble

by praveen
September 6th, 2007

Many organs can be retrieved with in hours after death and transplanted
The Tamil proverb: ‘Yanai irundalum ayiram pon, irandalum ayiram pon’values the elephant as worth a thoushan gold pieces when alive (working for us) and just as worth in death (the tusk of ivory and other parts). I was reminded of this saying as we celebrate the Eye Donation Fortnight during august 25th september 8.

The fortnight brings home the point that we humans too have value, at least physiological, whether alive or dead.

The Moghul King Babar is reported to have beseeched Allah to take his life, if need be, in order to save his son Humayun from a near-fatal illnesss.

Such sacrfice regularly happens every so often these days when we hear of people donating blood, and even a kidney, part of their lungs, liver of pancreas to save othres.

The human body turns out to be useful to others even after death. Organs such as heart, kindneys, lungs liver and pancreas can be retrieved within hours aftre death and used for transplantation to the needy.

The knowledge

Even some tissues such as some veins, skin, the heart valve, bone and tendons and the cornea of the eye can be taken out immediately after death and used.

Interestingly the knowledge that such tissues and organ parts can be transplanted, and successful pratice of such transplantation have come about and become popular during the last hundred years.

People have reacted to this advance with admiration and have nobly and increasingly come out to pledge their organs after death, for transplantation to others in need.

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