A patient dies every hour in the US while waiting for an organ to become available for transplantation. If this statistic is shocking, consider that most patients in India die without ever being able to get on a waiting list for an organ transplant.
Those who survive the above statistic, end up buying an organ from traffickers, in the process becoming part of a criminal activity. These “donations” are done under the table, in terrible hospitals, with bad hygiene and unsanitary conditions leading to poor outcomes for both donor and recipient
But sometimes, even organ buying isn’t an option to save their lives. Consider Sandeep’s story.
17-year-old Sandeep faced the nerve-racking prospect of his own mortality after he was diagnosed
with terminal heart failure. He had less than three months to live unless he got a heart transplant.
Someone had to die for him to live.
In the absence of an ethical, transparent national system of organ retrieval and recovery, Sandeep was doomed to die at an age when most of his peers were busy with secret crushes and college admission. And Sandeep’s story is one of thousands being played out every day all across India.