How do you feel when you have to wait for something you really, really want and need? What if this was something you literally couldn’t live without? How many of you have actually thought, heard or read about organ donation? Well, even I did not think about it, until I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and a heart transplant was the only option of survival. I will be eternally thankful to my family, the competent team of doctors and the kind donor who agreed to donate his heart, for the Gift of Life.
Organ donation is a seless way to give back to others, and to be able to make a huge difference by giving another person a second chance at life. Unfortunately, the number of patients waiting for organs far exceeds the number of people who have registered to become organ donors. Patients are forced to wait months, even years for a match, and far too many die before they are provided with a suitable organ.
I believe that only heightened public awareness can raise the cadaver organ donations in the country and India could rid herself of the problem of organ shortage. I realized that people need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, so in the year 2009, I founded SHATAYU – an organ donation awareness initiative, whose sole intent was to spread awareness about this lifesaving miracle. Shatayu is a nonprot organization – a public service initiative by Govindbhai C. Patel Foundation, which is supported by Ganesh Housing Corporation Limited. It is derived from the age old blessing from Indian scriptures, “Shatayu Bhava”, which means ‘live until you are 100 and was evolved with the two fold objectives of increasing awareness about organ donation in India and broadening the mindset of people towards the gift of life. Today, with great pride I gift you this book and hope in my heart that you would decide to give the most amazing gift anybody can give – The Gift of Life.
Ganesh Housing Corporation Ltd.
Govindbhai C. Patel Foundation