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Empathy is vital: Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin

By HT

Mumbai, Feb. 19 -- Several causes were highlighted at the recently concluded Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF), and organ donation was one of them. Fortis Healthcare, the official healthcare partner of KGAF initiated a drive to help people learn more about the cause. An exclusive pledge wall was also installed at the festival where people showed their support.

Actor Kalki Koechlin, who has always been vocal about issues close to her heart, shared how raising awareness is the first step towards finding a solution. "Actually, the organ donation pledge drive is a good idea, something that needs strong promotion. It should be part of the curriculum in schools. And information about the same should also be provided in hospitals and by doctors," she said.

She further added, "Imagine if you were missing a vital organ. Empathy is vital in understanding what people in need go through. I am up for donating every organ after I'm dead as I will have no need for any. People who have already pledged their organs are indeed brave souls."

There are several myths and misconceptions about organ donation, such as one can donate organs only post death. Addressing this issue, Dr Rakesh Rai, senior consultant, HPB and transplant surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, says, "For this noble cause, we do not have to wait till our death. Certain organs, such as our kidneys or a part of our liver can be donated while we are alive, to someone who is dying of renal or liver failure."