Mohanlal, one of the Mollywood's biggest superstars recently expressed his desire to donate his organs to the needed. Citing an example of a 16-year-old school-girl named Swathi, who recovered from a severe liver disease only because her aunt donated part of her liver to save her niece.
Speaking about Swathi's survival, Mohanlal said, "The return to life of Swathi, the school-girl, should open up the awareness of organ donations in the state and I wish to donate my organs too."
Swathi was admitted to the AIMS with liver complication (caused by a severe hepatitis attack) two weeks ago. Her mother could not donate her liver due to some fatty liver problems and so her aunt volunteered to donate her liver to save her young neice. According to existing rules for organ transplant, only direct family members (parents, spouse, children or direct siblings) can donate organs without documents. All others need clearance from the organ donation committee headed by the health secretary.
An emergency meeting was called by State Health Minister VS Sivakumar, and the permission was immediately granted.
Mohanlal advocating transplants is a good sign since celebrities are often looked upon with high regard and people are more likely to follow their footsteps.